Universality and hysteretic dynamics in rapid fracture

A. Livne*, G. Cohen, J. Fineberg

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Experiments in the dynamic fracture of brittle polyacrylamide gels show that a single-crack state undergoes a hysteretic transition to the microbranching instability with a characteristic activation time. Quantitative measurements also indicate that features such as crack front inertia, self-focusing of microbranches, and the appearance of front waves are universal attributes of dynamic fracture.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number224301
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2005


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