Entropy maximization in the force network ensemble for granular solids

B.P. Tighe, A.R.T. Eerd, van, T.J.H. Vlugt

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

73 Citations (Scopus)
168 Downloads (Pure)


A long-standing issue in the area of granular media is the tail of the force distribution, in particular, whether this is exponential, Gaussian, or even some other form. Here we resolve the issue for the case of the force network ensemble in two dimensions. We demonstrate that conservation of the total area of a reciprocal tiling, a direct consequence of local force balance, is crucial for predicting the local stress distribution. Maximizing entropy while conserving the tiling area and total pressure leads to a distribution of local pressures with a generically Gaussian tail that is in excellent agreement with numerics, both with and without friction and for two different contact networks
Original languageEnglish
Article number238001
Pages (from-to)238001-1/4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Dive into the research topics of 'Entropy maximization in the force network ensemble for granular solids'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this