Continuum field description of crack propagation

I. S. Aranson, V. A. Kalatsky, V. M. Vinokur

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A continuum field theory of crack propagation is presented. The model is the wave equations for the elastic deformations combined with the equation for the order parameter. In general, the model captures all important phenomenology, including crack initiation by small perturbation, quasistationary propagation, instability of fast cracks, sound emission, branching, and fragmentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-121
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 3 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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