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Anisotropy of fracture in hexagonal metals


When plastic deformation in hexagonal metals with lower symmetry than in cubic metals cannot support the external load, the crystal can break along a certain plane. Using a simple criterion based on the surface energy, Young modulus and interplanar separation, the anisotropy of fracture is discussed for three typical hexagonal metals, magnesium, titanium and zinc. The obtained results are generally in agreement with the experimental observations.

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The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Czech Science Foundation [Projects No. 18-06110S] and the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education financed by European Structural and Investment Funds and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports [Project No. SOLID21].

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Paidar, V., Čapek, J. Anisotropy of fracture in hexagonal metals. Int J Fract 225, 123–127 (2020).

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  • Metals magnesium–titanium–zinc
  • Mechanical properties
  • Surface energy
  • Fracture