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Issue 3, 2019
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Precursors of fluidisation in the creep response of a soft glass

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Via extensive numerical simulations, we study the fluidisation process of dense amorphous materials subjected to an external shear stress, using a three-dimensional colloidal glass model. In order to disentangle possible boundary effects from finite size effects in the process of fluidisation, we implement a novel geometry-constrained protocol with periodic boundary conditions. We show that this protocol is well controlled and that the longtime fluidisation dynamics is, to a great extent, independent of the details of the protocol parameters. Our protocol, therefore, provides an ideal tool to investigate the bulk dynamics prior to yielding and to study finite size effects regarding the fluidisation process. Our study reveals the existence of precursors to fluidisation observed as a peak in the strain-rate fluctuations, that allows for a robust definition of a fluidisation time. Although the exponents in the power-law creep dynamics seem not to depend significantly on the system size, we reveal strong finite size effects for the onset of fluidisation.

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The article was received on 12 Jul 2018, accepted on 06 Nov 2018 and first published on 14 Nov 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01432A
Citation: Soft Matter, 2019,15, 415-423

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    Precursors of fluidisation in the creep response of a soft glass

    R. Cabriolu, J. Horbach, P. Chaudhuri and K. Martens, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 415
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM01432A

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