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Internal relaxation time in immersed particulate materials.

Rognon, P; Einav, I; Gay, C; (2010) Internal relaxation time in immersed particulate materials. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys , 81 (6 Pt 1) 061304-. 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.061304.

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We study the dynamics of the static-to-flow transition in a model material made of elastic particles immersed in a viscous fluid. The interaction between particle surfaces includes their viscous lubrication, a sharp repulsion when they get closer than a tuned steric length, and their elastic deflection induced by those two forces. We use soft dynamics to simulate the dynamics of this material when it experiences a step increase in the shear stress and a constant normal stress. We observe a long creep phase before a substantial flow eventually establishes. We measure the change in volume (dilatancy) and find that during the creep phase, it does not change significantly. We find that the typical creep time relies on an internal relaxation process, namely, the separation of two particles driven by the applied stress and resisted by the viscous friction. The present mechanism should be relevant for granular pastes, living cells, emulsions, and wet foams.

Type: Article
Title: Internal relaxation time in immersed particulate materials.
Location: United States
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.061304
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1370280
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