We study the statistical mechanical properties of a two-dimensional assembly of free particles coupled to a mechanical reservoir. The particles-reservoir interaction is modelised by an Hamiltonian depending on the convex hull of the particles only. We concentrate on models whose energy is the sum of an area-term, a perimeter term and possibly a term preventing the particles occupying the interior of the convex hull. The range of coupling constants insuring a thermodynamic behaviour, as well as the associated free energy per particle are exactly determined. © 1990 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
- AMS subject classifications (1980): 82A05, 52A22, 60D05