Surface Layers and Inner Interfaces as Functional Subsystems in a Loaded Solid

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Any solid under loading is a self consistent multiscale system where surface layers and inner interfaces are very important functional subsystems. A chessboard-like distribution of tensile and compressive normal stresses take place within the interface "surface layer (coating) - substrate" in a loaded solid. Its existence is illustrated by initiation of multiple cracking of thin coatings along conjugate directions of τmax. It is shown that such multiple cracking do not decrease but can increase all mechanical characteristics of a loaded solid.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationParticle and Continuum Aspects of Mesomechanics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780470610794, 9781847040251
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2010



  • Interface
  • Multiple cracking
  • Multiscale approach
  • Surface layer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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