Thawed matrix method for computing local mechanical properties of amorphous solids

J Rottler and C Ruscher and P Sollich, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 159, 214501 (2023).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0167877

We present a method for computing locally varying nonlinear mechanical properties in particle simulations of amorphous solids. Plastic rearrangements outside a probed region are suppressed by introducing an external field that directly penalizes large nonaffine displacements. With increasing strength of the field, plastic deformation can be localized. We characterize the distribution of local plastic yield stresses (residual local stresses to instability) with our approach and assess the correlation of their spatial maps with plastic activity in a model two-dimensional amorphous solid. Our approach reduces artifacts inherent in a previous method known as the "frozen matrix" approach that enforces fully affine deformation and improves the prediction of plastic rearrangements from structural information.

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