Atomistics of Fracture

  • R. M. Latanision
  • J. R. Pickens

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introductory Lectures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A. R. C. Westwood, J. R. Pickens
      Pages 65-91
  3. Tutorial Lectures on Fracture of Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. N. H. Macmillan
      Pages 95-165
    3. Robb Thomson
      Pages 167-207
    4. J. F. Knott
      Pages 209-240
    5. Regis M. N. Pelloux
      Pages 241-251
  4. Tutorial Lectures on Surface Reactivity and Bonding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. M. E. Eberhart, K. H. Johnson, R. P. Messmer, C. L. Briant
      Pages 255-280
    3. D. G. Pettifor
      Pages 281-307
    4. George M. Whitesides
      Pages 337-362
    5. Klaus Christmann
      Pages 363-389
  5. Tutorial Lectures on Interfaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-425
  6. Tutorial Lectures on Solution Chemistry

  7. New Concepts in Atomistics of Fracture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 669-669
    2. G. J. Dienes, Arthur Paskin
      Pages 671-705
  8. Hydrogen Embrittlement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 731-731
    2. H. K. Birnbaum
      Pages 733-769
    3. J. P. Hirth, H. H. Johnson
      Pages 771-787
    4. Contributed Papers

  9. Intergranular Embrittlement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 853-853
    2. M. P. Seah, E. D. Hondros
      Pages 855-887
    3. Contributed Papers

  10. Liquid Metal Embrittlement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 919-919

About this book


It is now more than 100 years since certain detrimental effects on the ductility of iron were first associated with the presence of hydrogen. Not only is hydrogen embrittlement still a major industri­ al problem, but it is safe to say that in a mechanistic sense we still do not know what hydrogen (but not nitrogen or oxygen, for example) does on an atomic scale to induce this degradation. The same applies to other examples of environmentally-induced fracture: what is it about the ubiquitous chloride ion that induces premature catastrophic fracture (stress corrosion cracking) of ordinarily ductile austenitic stainless steels? Why, moreover, are halide ions troublesome but the nitrate or sulfate anions not deleterious to such stainless steels? Likewise, why are some solid metals embrit­ tled catastrophically by same liquid metals (liquid metal embrit­ tlement) - copper and aluminum, for example, are embrittled by liquid mercury. In short, despite all that we may know about the materials science and mechanics of fracture on a macroscopic scale, we know little about the atomistics of fracture in the absence of environmental interactions and even less when embrittlement phe­ nomena such as those described above are involved. On the other hand, it is interesting to note that physical chemists and surface chemists also have interests in the same kinds of interactions that occur on an atomic scale when metals such as nickel or platinum are used, for example, as catalysts for chemical reactions.


Potential chemistry dynamics mechanics surfaces thermodynamics

Editors and affiliations

  • R. M. Latanision
    • 1
  • J. R. Pickens
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Martin Marietta LaboratoriesBaltimoreUSA

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