The European Physical Journal B

, 85:329

Current challenges for statistical physics in fracture and plasticity

Colloquium

DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2012-30471-9

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Zapperi, S. Eur. Phys. J. B (2012) 85: 329. doi:10.1140/epjb/e2012-30471-9

Abstract

Statistical physics has been applied in the last decades to several problems in mechanics, including fracture and plasticity. Concept drawn from percolation, fractal geometry, phase-transitions, and interface depinning have been used with varying degrees of success to understand these problems. In this colloquium, I describe recent successes and current challenging problems for statistical physics in fracture and plasticity, focusing on the roughness of cracks, fracture size effects and micron-scale plasticity.

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© EDP Sciences, SIF, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR - Consiglio Nazionale delle RicercheIENIMilanoItaly
  2. 2.ISI FoundationTorinoItaly

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