Microscopic treatment of the fracture process in solids

A. I. Olemskoi, V. E. Panin, V. A. Petrunin

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The process of brittle fracture in a solid is presented as the formation and evolution of an ensemble of elementary carriers (frustrons). The latter represent a mesoscopic region of localized strong shear deformations surrounded by an envelope of an elevated level of plastic flow. The conditions of fluctuation generation of frustrons, their characteristics, and the growth of the supercritical cluster are determined. The fracture time is derived.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-750
Number of pages5
JournalSoviet Physics Journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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