Dynamics of elastic hard balls in arbitrary number of dimensions in Julia
Author JuliaDynamics
7 Stars
Updated Last
1 Year Ago
Started In
November 2019


This is a Julia package to simulate the dynamics of hard-sphere fluids using an event-driven algorithm ("exact" calculation of each collision). The code is designed to work in any number of spatial dimensions.

Simple visualizations in 2D and 3D using Makie are also provided.

Example usage

The following is with the as-yet-unreleased master branch:

using HardSphereDynamics, StaticArrays

# create box:

table = HardSphereDynamics.RectangularBox(SA[-0.5, -0.5, -1.0],
                                          SA[+0.5, +0.5, +3.0])

# create fluid:
d = 3     # spatial dimension
n = 20   # number of spheres
r = 0.1  # radius

fluid = HardSphereFluid{d,Float64}(table, n, r)
initial_condition!(fluid, lower=table.lower, upper=-table.lower)

# set up simulation:
collision_type = ElasticCollision()
flow_type = ExternalFieldFlow(SA[0.0, 0.0, -10.0])
event_handler = AllToAll(fluid, flow_type)

simulation =  HardSphereSimulation(
    fluid, event_handler, flow_type, collision_type);

# time evolution:
δt = 0.01
final_time = 100
states, times = evolve!(simulation, δt, final_time);

# visualization:
using Makie

visualize_3d(states, sleep_step=0.005, lower=table.lower, upper=-table.lower)


  • David P. Sanders, Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) & Visiting researcher, MIT


Financial support is acknowledged from DGAPA-UNAM PAPIIT grant IN-117117 and a Cátedra Marcos Moshinsky (2018).

The author thanks Simon Danisch for help with visualizations using Makie.jl.

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