Crack dynamics and crack surfaces in elastic beam lattices

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The dynamics of propagating cracks is analyzed in elastic two-dimensional lattices of beams. At early times, inertia effects and static stress enhancement combine so that the crack-tip velocity is found to behave as t1/7. At late times a minimal crack-tip model reproduces the numerical simulation results. With no disorder and for fast loading, a “mirror-mist-mirror” crack-surface pattern emerges. Introduction of disorder leads, however, to the formation of the “mirror-mist-hackle”–type interface typical in many experimental situations.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1259-R1262
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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