Computational study of transient shear banding in soft jammed solids
VV Vasisht and E Del Gado, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 102, 012603 (2020).
We have designed three-dimensional numerical simulations of a soft spheres model, with size polidispersity and in athermal conditions, to study the transient shear banding that occurs during yielding of jammed soft solids. We analyze the effects of different types of drag coefficients used in the simulations and compare the results obtained using Lees-Edwards periodic boundary conditions with the case in which the same model solid is confined between two walls. The specific damping mechanism and the different boundary conditions indeed modify the load curves and the velocity profiles in the transient regime. Nevertheless, we find that the presence of a stress overshoot and of a related transient banding phenomenon, for large enough samples, is a robust feature for overdamped systems, where their presence do not depend on the specific drag used and on the different boundary conditions.
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