# Xiaoyu Zheng - Kent State University

## Contact Details

NameXiaoyu Zheng |
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AffiliationKent State University |
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CityKent |
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CountryUnited States |
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## Pubs By Year |
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## Pub CategoriesPhysics - Soft Condensed Matter (4) Physics - Statistical Mechanics (1) Mathematics - Metric Geometry (1) Mathematics - Mathematical Physics (1) Physics - Materials Science (1) Mathematical Physics (1) Physics - Medical Physics (1) Mathematics - Optimization and Control (1) Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence (1) Physics - Popular Physics (1) Physics - Classical Physics (1) Physics - Fluid Dynamics (1) |

## Publications Authored By Xiaoyu Zheng

Paradoxes in the impact dynamics of rigid bodies are known to arise in the presence of friction. We show here that, on specific occasions, in the absence of friction, the conservation laws of classical mechanics can also be incompatible with the collisions of smooth, strictly convex rigid bodies. Read More

The celebrated work of Onsager [1] on hard particle systems, based on the truncated second order virial expansion, is valid at relatively low volume fractions and for large aspect ratio particles. While it predicts the isotropic-nematic phase transition, it fails to provide a realistic equation of state in that the pressure remains finite for arbitrarily high densities. In this work, we derive a mean field density functional form of the Helmholtz free energy for nematics with hard core repulsion. Read More

This paper considers global optimization with a black-box unknown objective function that can be non-convex and non-differentiable. Such a difficult optimization problem arises in many real-world applications, such as parameter tuning in machine learning, engineering design problem, and planning with a complex physics simulator. This paper proposes a new global optimization algorithm, called Locally Oriented Global Optimization (LOGO), to aim for both fast convergence in practice and finite-time error bound in theory. Read More

A spectacular trick of close-up magicians involves the apparent passing of a coin through a rubber sheet. The magic is based on the unusual elastic response of a thin rubber sheet: the formation of an invagination, stabilized by friction and elasticity, which holds the coin. By pressing on the coin, the invagination becomes unstable, and the coin is released. Read More

According to the recently discovered 'Law of Urination', mammals, ranging in size from mice to elephants, take, on the average, 21s to urinate. We attempt to gain insights into the physical processes responsible for this uniformity using simple dimensional analysis. We assume that the biological apparatus for urination in mammals simply scales with linear size, and consider the scenarios where the driving force is gravity or elasticity, and where the response is dominated by inertia or viscosity. Read More

All hard, convex shapes are conjectured by Ulam to pack more densely than spheres, which have a maximum packing fraction of {\phi} = {\pi}/\sqrt18 ~ 0.7405. For many shapes, simple lattice packings easily surpass this packing fraction. Read More

The distance of closest approach of hard particles is a key parameter of their interaction and plays an important role in the resulting phase behavior. For non-spherical particles, the distance of closest approach depends on orientation, and its calculation is surprisingly difficult. Although overlap criteria have been developed for use in computer simulations [1, 2], no analytic solutions have been obtained for the distance of closest approach of ellipsoids in 3-D, or, until now, for ellipses in 2-D. Read More