Dimensional effects in dynamic fragmentation of brittle materials

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  • University of Jyväskylä
  • Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.


It has been shown previously that dynamic fragmentation of brittle D-dimensional objects in a D-dimensional space gives rise to a power-law contribution to the fragment-size distribution with a universal scaling exponent 2−1∕D. We demonstrate that in fragmentation of two-dimensional brittle objects in three-dimensional space, an additional fragmentation mechanism appears, which causes scale-invariant secondary breaking of existing fragments. Due to this mechanism, the power law in the fragment-size distribution has now a scaling exponent of ∼1.17.


Original languageEnglish
Article number015601
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • fragmentation, brittle materials, non-equilibrium, scaling

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