Spherical harmonics models and their application to non-spherical shape particles

Urtė Radvilaitė

Doctoral dissertation

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The dissertation investigates spherical harmonics method for describing a particle shape. The main object of research is the non-spherical shape particles. The purpose of this dissertation is to create spherical harmonics model for a non-pherical particle.

The dissertation also focuses on determining the suitability of the lowresolution spherical harmonics for describing various non-spherical particles. The work approaches a few tasks such as testing the suitability of a spherical harmonics model for simple symmetric particles and applying it to complex shape particles. The first task is formulated aiming to test the modelling concept and strategy using simple shapes. The second task is related to the practical applications, when complex shape particles are considered.

The dissertation consists of introduction, 4 chapters, general conclusions, references, a list of publications by the author on the topic of the dissertation, a summary in Lithuanian and 5 annexes. The introduction reveals the investigated problem, importance of the thesis and the object of research, describes the purpose and tasks of the thesis, research methodology, scientific novelty, the practical significance of results and defended statements. The introduction ends in presenting the author’s publications on the topic of the dissertation, offering the material of made presentations in conferences and defining the structure of the dissertation.

Chapter 1 revises the literature: the particulate systems and their processes, shapes of the particles and methods for describing the shape, shape indicators. At the end of the chapter, conclusions are drawn and the tasks for the dissertation are reconsidered.

Chapter 2 presents the modelling approach and strategies for the points of the particle surface, spherical harmonics, the calculation of the expansion coefficients, integral parameters and curvature and also the conclusions.

Chapters 3 and 4 analize the modelling results of the simple and complex particles. At the end of the both chapters conclusions are drawn.

5 articles focusing on the topic of the dissertation have been published: two articles – in the Thomson ISI register, one article – in conference material and scientific papers in Thomson ISI Proceedings data base, one article – in the journal quoted by other international data base, one article – in material reviewed during international conference. 8 presentations on the subject of the dissertation have been given in conferences at national and international levels.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.20334/2399-M

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