Isostaticity of constraints in amorphous jammed systems of soft frictionless Platonic solids
Date of this Version9-27-2011
Phys. Rev. E 84, 030301(R)
The average number of constraints per particle < C(total)> in mechanically stable amorphous systems of Platonic solids approaches the isostatic limit at the jamming point (< C(total)> -> 12), though average number of contacts are hypostatic. By introducing angular alignment metrics to classify the degree of constraint imposed by each contact, constraints are shown to arise as a direct result of local orientational order reflected in edge-face and face-face alignment angle distributions. With approximately one face-face contact per particle at jamming, chainlike face-face clusters form with finite extent-a signature of amorphous jammed systems.
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