Yielding of a model glass former: An interpretation with an effective system of icosahedra

Rhiannon Pinney, Tanniemola B. Liverpool, C. Patrick Royall

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We consider the yielding under simple shear of a binary Lennard-Jones glass former whose super-Arrhenius dynamics are correlated with the formation of icosahedral structures. We recast this glass former as an effective system of icosahedra [Pinney, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 244507 (2015)JCPSA60021-960610.1063/1.4938424]. Looking at the small-strain region of sheared simulations, we observe that shear rates affect the shear localization behavior particularly at temperatures below the glass transition as defined with a fit to the Vogel-Fulcher-Tamman equation. At higher temperature, shear localization starts immediately on shearing for all shear rates. At lower temperatures, faster shear rates can result in a delayed start in shear localization, which begins close to the yield stress. Building from a previous work which considered steady-state shear [Pinney, J. Chem. Phys. 143, 244507 (2015)JCPSA60021-960610.1063/1.4938424], we interpret the response to shear and the shear localization in terms of a local effective temperature with our system of icosahedra. We find that the effective temperatures of the regions undergoing shear localization increase significantly with increasing strain (before reaching a steady-state plateau).

Original languageEnglish
Article number032609
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
Early online date18 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2018

Structured keywords

  • BrisSynBio
  • Bristol BioDesign Institute


  • Synthetic biology


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