Densification dependent yield criteria for sodium silicate glasses - An atomistic simulation approach

G Molnar and P Ganster and A Tanguy and E Barthel and G Kermouche, ACTA MATERIALIA, 111, 129-137 (2016).

DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2016.03.053

Silicate glasses are macroscopically brittle but ductile at the micron scale. This plastic response is complex: in open structure materials, such as amorphous silica, plastic yield results in significant densification. While, more compact structures (e.g. soda-silicate glasses) are known to suppress densification and promote shear flow. We have carried out atomic scale simulations to analyze the plastic response of a series of silicates with increasing sodium content. Quasi- static, multi-axial deformation tests were performed on large samples (approximate to 10(3) nm(3)). Their yield behavior was quantified at different stress states, by measuring permanent volume changes. Qualitative agreement was found between the response of modeled systems and experimental results. Strong coupling between plastic yield and densification was observed. Our results also suggest that sodium silicates may density not only under hydrostatic compression but also upon shear at large strains. Based on these numerical results, we propose a general yield criterion for soda-silicate glasses in which density is an internal variable. As density increases, the elliptic yield surface (characterizing amorphous silicates with open structures) gradually evolves into a Drucker-Prager-like model for fully densified samples. (C) 2016 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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