An interesting property of the Voronoi tessellation is studied in the context of its application to the analysis of hydration shells in computer simulation of solutions. Namely the shells around a randomly chosen cell in a Voronoi tessellation attract extra volume from outside. There is a theoretical result which says that the mean volume of the first shell around a randomly chosen cell is greater than the anticipated value. The paper investigates this phenomenon for Voronoi tessellations constructed for computer models of point patterns with different variability of the Voronoi cell volumes (Poisson point process, RSA systems of hard spheres and molecular dynamics models of water). It analyzes also the subsequent shells, and proposes formulas for the mean shell volumes for all shell numbers. The obtained results are of value in calculations of the contribution of hydration of water to the “apparent” volume of the solutes.
computer model,computer simulation,computational geometry,solid modeling,computational modeling,combustion,proteins,poisson point process,application software,solvation shell,stochastic processes,water,statistical analysis,kinetic theory,molecular dynamic,voronoi tessellation,voronoi tessellations,chemical engineering
Solvation shell,Centroidal Voronoi tessellation,Computational geometry,Stochastic process,Hard spheres,Voronoi diagram,Poisson point process,Geometry,Voronoi deformation density,Mathematics