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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(4): 044501    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/4/044501
ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, ACOUSTICS, HEAT TRANSFER, CLASSICAL MECHANICS, AND FLUID DYNAMICS Prev   Next  

Fast synchrotron X-ray tomography study of the packing structures of rods with different aspect ratios

Zhang Xiao-Dana, Xia Cheng-Jiea, Xiao Xiang-Huib, Wang Yu-Jiea
a Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China;
b X-ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, IL 60439, USA
Abstract  We present a fast synchrotron X-ray tomography study of the packing structures of rods with different aspect ratios. Utilizing the high flux of the X-rays generated from the third-generation synchrotron source, we can complete a high-resolution tomography scan within a short period of time, after which the three-dimensional (3D) packing structure can be obtained for the subsequent structural analysis. The image phase-retrieval procedure has been implemented to enhance the image contrast. We systematically investigated the effects of particle shape and aspect ratio on the structural properties including packing density and contact number. It turns out that large aspect ratio rod packings will have wider distributions of free volume fraction and larger mean contact numbers.
Keywords:  synchrotron X-ray imaging      tomography      rod packing structure  
Received:  04 November 2013      Revised:  02 December 2013      Accepted manuscript online: 
PACS:  45.70.Cc (Static sandpiles; granular compaction)  
  87.59.-e (X-ray imaging)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11175121) and the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2010CB834301). Use of the Advanced Photon Source, an Office of Science User Facility operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science by Argonne National Laboratory, was supported by the U.S. DOE (Grant No. DE-AC02-06CH11357).
Corresponding Authors:  Wang Yu-Jie     E-mail:  yujiewang@sjtu.edu.cn
About author:  45.70.Cc; 87.59.-e

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Zhang Xiao-Dan, Xia Cheng-Jie, Xiao Xiang-Hui, Wang Yu-Jie Fast synchrotron X-ray tomography study of the packing structures of rods with different aspect ratios 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 044501

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