Glass rheology: From mode-coupling theory to a dynamical yield criterion

Joseph M. Brader, Thomas Voigtmann, Matthias Fuchs, Ronald G. Larson, Michael E. Cates

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The mode coupling theory (MCT) of glasses, while offering an incomplete description of glass transition physics, represents the only established route to first-principles prediction of rheological behavior in nonergodic materials such as colloidal glasses. However, the constitutive equations derivable from MCT are somewhat intractable, hindering their practical use and also their interpretation. Here, we present a schematic (single-mode) MCT model which incorporates the tensorial structure of the full theory. Using it, we calculate the dynamic yield surface for a large class of flows.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15186-15191
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2009


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