Wednesday, June 19, 2013

1306.4101 (Baptiste Percier et al.)

Insights on the local dynamics induced by thermal cycling in granular

Baptiste Percier, Thibaut Divoux, Nicolas Taberlet
In this letter, we report results on the effect of temperature variations on a granular assembly through Molecular Dynamic simulations of a 2D granular column. Periodic dilation of the grains are shown to perfectly mimic such thermal cycling, and allows to rationalize the link between the compaction process, the local grains dynamics and finite size effects. Here we show that the individual grain properties, namely their roughness and elastic modulus define a minimal cycling amplitude of temperature \Delta Tc below which the dynamics is intermittent and spatially heterogeneous while confined into localized regions recently coined "hot spot" [Amon et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 135502 (2012)]. Above \Delta Tc, the whole column flows while the grains dynamics ranges continuously from cage-like at the bottom of the column to purely diffusive at the top. Our results provide a solid framework for the futur use of thermal cycling as an alternate driving method for soft glassy materials.
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