IST Austria Master's Thesis
Those who aim to devise new materials with desirable properties usually examine present methods first. However, they will find out that some approaches can exist only conceptually without high chances to become practically useful. It seems that a numerical technique called automatic differentiation together with increasing supply of computational accelerators will soon shift many methods of the material design from the category ”unimaginable” to the category ”expensive but possible”. Approach we suggest is not an exception. Our overall goal is to have an efficient and generalizable approach allowing to solve inverse design problems. In this thesis we scratch its surface. We consider jammed systems of identical particles. And ask ourselves how the shape of those particles (or the parameters codifying it) may affect mechanical properties of the system. An indispensable part of reaching the answer is an appropriate particle parametrization. We come up with a simple, yet generalizable and purposeful scheme for it. Using our generalizable shape parameterization, we simulate the formation of a solid composed of pentagonal-like particles and measure anisotropy in the resulting elastic response. Through automatic differentiation techniques, we directly connect the shape parameters with the elastic response. Interestingly, for our system we find that less isotropic particles lead to a more isotropic elastic response. Together with other results known about our method it seems that it can be successfully generalized for different inverse design problems.
Piankov A. Towards designer materials using customizable particle shape. 2021. doi:10.15479/at:ista:10422
Piankov, A. (2021). Towards designer materials using customizable particle shape. IST Austria. https://doi.org/10.15479/at:ista:10422
Piankov, Anton. “Towards Designer Materials Using Customizable Particle Shape.” IST Austria, 2021. https://doi.org/10.15479/at:ista:10422.
A. Piankov, “Towards designer materials using customizable particle shape,” IST Austria, 2021.
Piankov A. 2021. Towards designer materials using customizable particle shape. IST Austria.
Piankov, Anton. Towards Designer Materials Using Customizable Particle Shape. IST Austria, 2021, doi:10.15479/at:ista:10422.
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