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Brittle yielding of amorphous solids at finite shear rates

Abstract : Amorphous solids display a ductile to brittle transition as the kinetic stability of the quiescent glass is increased, which leads to a material failure controlled by the sudden emergence of a macroscopic shear band in quasi-static protocols. We numerically study how finite deformation rates influence ductile and brittle yielding behaviors using model glasses in two and three spatial dimensions. We find that a finite shear rate systematically enhances the stress overshoot of poorly-annealed systems, without necessarily producing shear bands. For well-annealed systems, the non-equilibrium discontinuous yielding transition is smeared out by finite shear rates and it is accompanied by the emergence of multiple shear bands that have been also reported in metallic glass experiments. We show that the typical size of the bands and the distance between them increases algebraically with the inverse shear rate. We provide a dynamic scaling argument for the corresponding lengthscale, based on the competition between the deformation rate and the propagation time of the shear bands.
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Murari Singh, Misaki Ozawa, Ludovic Berthier. Brittle yielding of amorphous solids at finite shear rates. Physical Review Materials, American Physical Society, 2020, 4 (2), pp.025603. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.025603⟩. ⟨hal-02569130⟩

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