Surface stress effects on fracture

R. C. Cammarata, Karl Sieradzki

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The effects of surface stress on fracture are reviewed. Calculations by Thomson et al. seem to suggest that surface stresses do not affect cleavage fracture when the crack propagates in a self similar manner even though the surface stress can lead to large stresses near the crack tip. However, surface stresses may have an important effect on dislocation emission near the crack tip. A simple analysis is offered to show how these effects may be incorporated into a modified Rice ductile-brittle fracture criterion by adding a term to the unstable stacking energy that takes into account the energy to form an incipient ledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
PublisherMaterials Research Society
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 MRS Fall Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Nov 27 1995Nov 30 1995


OtherProceedings of the 1995 MRS Fall Symposium
CityBoston, MA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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