Cooling rate and stress relaxation in silica melts and glasses via microsecond molecular dynamics

JMD Lane, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 92, 012320 (2015).

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.92.012320

We have conducted extremely long molecular dynamics simulations of glasses to microsecond times, which close the gap between experimental and atomistic simulation time scales by two to three orders of magnitude. Static, thermal, and structural properties of silica glass are reported for glass cooling rates down to 5 x 10(9) K/s and viscoelastic response in silica melts and glasses are studied over nine decades of time. We present results from relaxation of hydrostatic compressive stress in silica and show that time-temperature superposition holds in these systems for temperatures from 3500 to 1000 K.

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