The damage mechanisms involve a complex interplay between chemical reactions and transport problems under strong stress gradients in the neighborhood of glass-environment interfaces (confined or not). The effect of structural and chemical alterations on the local elastic properties and stress fields must also be accounted properly.
The damage mechanisms are investigated at the bulk level by spectroscopic techniques, at the nanometer scale by AFM observations and at the molecular level by numerical modeling. This will allow in turn understanding the size effect on these properties. A special attention will be devoted to modeling the densification behavior of anomalous and normal glasses under hydrostatic pressure, as well as the influence of the water contents.
Involved researchers : M. Ciccotti, M. George, A. Grimaldi, G. Pallares (Collaboration L. Wondraczek, E. Charlaix)
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