Yield conditions for deformation of amorphous polymer glasses

TitleYield conditions for deformation of amorphous polymer glasses
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsRottler, Jörg, and Mark O. Robbins
JournalPhysical Review E
Date Publishedoct
AbstractShear yielding of glassy polymers is usually described in terms of the pressure-dependent Tresca or von Mises yield criteria. We test these criteria against molecular dynamics simulations of deformation in amorphous polymer glasses under triaxial loading conditions that are difficult to realize in experiments. Difficulties and ambiguities in extending several standard definitions of the yield point to triaxial loads are described. Two definitions, the maximum and offset octahedral stresses, are then used to evaluate the yield stress for a wide range of model parameters. In all cases, the onset of shear is consistent with the pressure-modified von Mises criterion, and the pressure coefficient is nearly independent of many parameters. Under triaxial tensile loading, the mode of failure changes to cavitation, and the von Mises criterion no longer applies.
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