Friday, July 5, 2013

1307.1227 (Pallab Barai et al.)

Role of the sample thickness in planar crack propagation    [PDF]

Pallab Barai, Phani K. V. V. Nukala, Mikko J. Alava, Stefano Zapperi
We study the effect of the sample thickness in planar crack front propagation in a disordered elastic medium using the random fuse model. We employ different loading conditions and we test their stability with respect to crack growth. We show that the thickness induces characteristic lengths in the stress enhancement factor in front of the crack and in the stress transfer function parallel to the crack. This is reflected by a thickness-dependent crossover scale in the crack front morphology that goes from from multi-scaling to self-affine with exponents in agreement with line depinning models and experiments. Finally, we compute the distribution of crack avalanches which is shown to depend on the thickness and the loading mode.
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