Deformation, yield and ageing in glassy solids



A brief review of molecular simulations of physical ageing in structural glasses and its influence on their mechanical properties is presented. Recent studies based on simple molecular models of glass forming solids reproduce a wealth of experimental phenomena, and provide additional insight into the molecular rearrangements that govern ageing and yield. Phenomenological models are summarised that describe the effect of ageing on yield and compliance under applied strain or stress, respectively. Modifications of ageing due to plastic deformation (rejuvenation and overageing) are also discussed.


European Physical Journal Special Topic Creep Compliance Shear Yield Stress Creep Response Polymer Glass 
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyThe University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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