Volume 88, Number 6, December 2009
Article Number 60001
Number of page(s) 5
Section General
Published online 01 December 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 60001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/60001

The build-up and relaxation of stresses in a glass-forming soft-sphere mixture under shear: A computer simulation study

J. Zausch1 and J. Horbach2

1   Institut für Physik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz - Staudinger Weg 7, D-55099 Mainz, Germany, EU
2   Institut für Materialphysik im Weltraum, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) 51170 Köln, Germany, EU

received 4 November 2009; accepted in final form 27 November 2009; published December 2009
published online 17 December 2009

Molecular-dynamics computer simulations in conjunction with Lees-Edwards boundary conditions are used to investigate a glass-forming binary Yukawa fluid under shear. The transition from the elastic response to plastic flow is elucidated by studying the stress relaxation after switching off the shear. We find a slow stress relaxation starting from states in the elastic regime and a fast one starting from states in the plastic-flow regime. We show that these relaxation patterns are related to a different distribution of local microscopic stresses in both cases.

05.70.Ln - Nonequilibrium and irreversible thermodynamics.
47.50.Cd - Non-Newtonian fluid flows: Modeling.
83.60.Rs - Shear rate-dependent structure (shear thinning and shear thickening).

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