Fracture in Soft Materials

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Fracture is a phenomenon that is generally associated with solids. A key element in fracture theory is the so-called weakest link idea that fracture initiates from the largest pre-existing material imperfection. However, recent work has demonstrated that fracture can also happen in liquids, where surface tension will act to suppress such imperfections. Therefore, the weakest link idea does not seem immediately applicable to fracture in liquids. This presentation will review fracture in liquids and argue that fracture in soft liquids is a material property independent of pre-existing imperfections. The following questions then emerge: What is the material description needed to predict crack initiation, crack speed and crack shape in soft materials and liquids.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventOutlook of Soft Matter Physics and Its Applications - Beihang University, Beijing, China
Duration: 15 Dec 201718 Dec 2017


ConferenceOutlook of Soft Matter Physics and Its Applications
LocationBeihang University


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