Time-resolved dynamics of the yielding transition in soft materials

Gavin J. Donley, John R. de Bruyn, Gareth H. McKinley, Simon A. Rogers

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A rigorously-defined method that maps and quantifies the time-resolved dynamical yielding process of elastoviscoplastic materials is proposed and investigated. Building on the foundations of linear viscoelastic theory for oscillatory deformations, the method utilizes the motion of an instantaneous phase angle between the stress and strain of the rheological response within deformation space to quantify the yielding transition. Principal component analysis demonstrates that this phase angle velocity is based on the natural description for a material response in deformation space. The response of the Carreau model with constitutive parameters selected to correspond to a regularized viscoplastic fluid that undergoes an apparent yielding transition at a critical shear rate, and of a Carbopol microgel are investigated as canonical examples of theoretical and experimental model yield stress fluids. Calculation of the phase angle velocity clearly identifies the yield transition as being gradual. This approach provides a physically-motivated understanding of the dynamical processes occurring during yielding of elastoviscoplastic materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS)
  • Rheological measurements
  • Sequence of physical processes (SPP)
  • Time-resolved rheology
  • Yield stress materials
  • Yield threshold

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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