J. Phys. II France
Volume 6, Numéro 3, March 1996
Page(s) 395 - 404
DOI: 10.1051/jp2:1996184
J. Phys. II France 6 (1996) 395-404

Cellular Automata Simulation of Dissipative Structure Formation in Heterogeneous Polymer Systems, Formation of Networks of a Dispersed Phase by Flocculation

B. Wessling

Zipperling Kessler & Co, Postfach 1464, 22904 Ahrensburg, Germany

(Received 2 November 1995, received in final form 13 November 1995, accepted 22 November 1995)

Dissipative structures are responsible for many non-linear property changes in heterogenous polymer systems, as has been shown experimentally [1] and theoretically [2]. Using the "cellular automata" program it was possible for the first time to simulate the formation of the complex network structures formed by a complex flocculation process from dispersed particles or phases. The simulation results lead to some interesting conclusions for the behaviour of the real systems.

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