Effect of particle packing structure on the elastic modulus of wet powder compacts analyzed by persistent homology

Shingo Ishihara, George Franks, Junya Kano

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This study applies persistent homology (PH) to the structural analysis of wet powder compacts to clarify the effect of packing structure on the elastic modulus, and proposes an equation for the relationship between saturation and elastic modulus based on the index of structural homogeneity. The relationship between the saturation and the elastic modulus was experimentally obtained by compression tests of wet powder compacts. The elastic modulus decreased linearly with increasing saturation, but the slope was different depending on the packing structure of compacts which were made from high purity alumina with different particle size distributions. PH was applied to the packing structure of particles of different diameters calculated by DEM simulation to evaluate the packing structure. The features of each packing structure were extracted by PH, and the index of structural homogeneity was obtained. A new empirical equation is proposed which can predict the relationship between the elastic modulus and the saturation considering structural homogeneity, specific surface area, surface tension, and porosity as the main factors affecting the elastic modulus in the partially saturated state. These results indicate that PH analysis is effective to evaluate the packing structure and that this method may predict the mechanical properties of wet powder compacts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103874
JournalAdvanced Powder Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Jan


  • DEM
  • Elastic modulus
  • Persistent homology
  • Topological data analysis
  • Wet powders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials


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