Cooperativity flows and Shear-Bandings : a statistical field theory approach

R. Benzi, M. Sbragaglia, M. Bernaschi, S. Succi, F. Toschi

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Cooperativity effects have been proposed to explain the non-local rheology in the dynamics of soft jammed systems. Based on the analysis of the double well free-energy model proposed by L. Bocquet, A. Colin \& A. Ajdari ({\em Phys. Rev. Lett.} {\bf 103}, 036001 (2009)), we show that cooperativity effects resulting from the non-local nature of the fluidity (inverse viscosity), are intimately related to the emergence of shear-banding configurations. This connection materializes through the onset of inhomogeneous compact solutions (compactons), wherein the fluidity is confined to finite-support subregions of the flow and strictly zero elsewhere. Compactons coexistence with regions of zero fluidity ("non-flowing vacuum") is shown to be stabilized by the presence of mechanical noise, which ultimately shapes up the equilibrium distribution of the fluidity field, acting as an order parameter for the flow-noflow transitions occurring in the material.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

Volume1507.07354 [cond-mat.soft]


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