Mechanical and Microscopic Properties of the Reversible Plastic Regime in a 2D Jammed Material

Nathan C. Keim, Paulo E. Arratia

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

60 Scopus citations


At the microscopic level, plastic flow of a jammed, disordered material consists of a series of particle rearrangements that cannot be reversed by subsequent deformation. An infinitesimal deformation of the same material has no rearrangements. Yet between these limits, there may be a self-organized plastic regime with rearrangements, but with no net change upon reversing a deformation. We measure the oscillatory response of a jammed interfacial material, and directly observe rearrangements that couple to bulk stress and dissipate energy, but do not always give rise to global irreversibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number028302
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 15 2014


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

Cite this