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  • Reconstructing grain-shape statistics from electron back-scatter diffraction microscopy

    RFR. FarrZVMHEG Physical Review Materials

    Grain shape inference

    The distributions of size and shape of a material’s grains can be constructed from a 2D slice of the material and electron diffraction data.

  • Mean grain diameters from thin sections: matching the average to the problem

    RFR. FarrVHMH Mineralogical Magazine

    3d grains from 2d slices

    Moment-based methods provide a simple way to describe a population of spherical particles and extract 3d information from 2d measurements.

  • Simple heuristic for the viscosity of polydisperse hard spheres

    RFR. Farr Journal of Chemical Physics

    Viscosity of polydisperse spheres

    A quick and simple way to evaluate the packing fraction of polydisperse spheres, which is a measure of how they crowd around each other.

  • Random close packing fractions of lognormal distributions of hard spheres

    RFR. Farr Powder Technology

    Random close packing fractions

    Lognormal distributions (and mixtures of same) are a useful model for the size distribution in emulsions and sediments.

  • Food Biophysics

    Shear elastic deformation in cells

    Analysis of the linear elastic behaviour of plant cell dispersions improves our understanding of how to stabilise and texturise food products.

  • Physical Review E

    Ever-shrinking spheres

    Techniques from random sphere packing predict the dimension of the Apollonian gasket, a fractal made up of non-overlapping hyperspheres.