Residual stress distributions in amorphous solids from atomistic simulations

C Ruscher and J Rottler, SOFT MATTER, 16, 8940-8949 (2020).

DOI: 10.1039/d0sm01155j

The distribution of local residual stresses (threshold to instability) that controls the statistical properties of plastic flow in athermal amorphous solids is examined with an atomistic simulation technique. For quiescent configurations, the distribution has a pseudogap (power-law) form with an exponent that agrees well with global yielding statistics. As soon as deformation sets in, the pseudogap region gives way to a system size dependent plateau at small residual stresses that can be understood from the statistics of local residual stress differences between plastic events. Results further suggest that the local yield stress in amorphous solids changes even if the given region does not participate in plastic activity.

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