Yielding of the particulate network in colloidal gels under applied deformation is accompanied by various microstructural changes, including rearrangement, bond rupture, anisotropy, and reformation of secondary structures. While much work has been done to understand the physical underpinnings of yielding in colloidal gels, its topological origins remain poorly understood. Here, employing a series of tools from network science, we characterize the bonds using their orientation and network centrality. We find that bonds with higher centralities in the network are ruptured the most at all applied deformation rates. This suggests that a network analysis of the particulate structure can be used to predict the failure points in colloidal gels a priori.
Topological origins of yielding in short-ranged weakly attractive colloidal gels
Note: This paper is part of the JCP Special Topic on Colloidal Gels.
Deepak Mangal, Mohammad Nabizadeh, Safa Jamali; Topological origins of yielding in short-ranged weakly attractive colloidal gels. J. Chem. Phys. 7 January 2023; 158 (1): 014903. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0123096
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