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Influence of Boundary Conditions on Yielding in a Soft Glassy Material

T. Gibaud, S. Manneville

Collaboration : C. Barentin (LPMCN, Universite de Lyon),

The yielding behavior of a sheared Laponite suspension is investigated within a 1 mm gap under two different boundary conditions. No-slip conditions, ensured by using rough walls, lead to shear localization as already reported in various soft glassy materials. When apparent wall slip is allowed using a smooth geometry, the sample breaks up into macroscopic solid pieces that get slowly eroded by the surrounding fluidized material up to the point where the whole sample is fluid. Such a drastic effect of boundary conditions on yielding suggests the existence of some macroscopic characteristic length that could be connected to cooperativity effects in jammed materials under shear. 

T. Gibaud, C. Barentin, and S. Manneville, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 258302 (2008)