Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 19, Issue 8, pp 2570–2574 | Cite as

A mathematical description of transient crack growth behaviour in glass

  • M. K. Ferber


Transient crack growth behaviour resulting from time-dependent changes in crack-tip radius can occur near the fatigue limit. In the present work, mathematical expressions describing this transient behaviour are developed assuming that a dissolution reaction is responsible for changes in crack geometry. An elliptical crack is analysed because of its mathematical simplicity. The theoretical model slightly underestimates the extent of crack-tip blunting occurring below the fatigue limit. However, the predicted transient behaviour associated with the crack-tip sharpening processes which take place above the fatigue limit compares favourably with experimental data for glass.


Polymer Experimental Data Fatigue Theoretical Model Growth Behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. K. Ferber
    • 1
  1. 1.Metals and Ceramics DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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