Initial Energy Dissipation Mechanism at Crack Tip on the Ductile to Brittle Transition

  • Jeffrey W. Kysar
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 114)


The objective of this study is to investigate energy dissipation mechanisms that operate at different length scales during fracture in ductile materials. A dimensional analysis is performed to identify the sets of dimensionless parameters which contribute to energy dissipation via dislocation-mediated plastic deformation at a crack tip. However rather than use phenomenological variables such as yield stress and hardening modulus in the analysis, physical variables such as dislocation density, Burgers vector and Peierls stress are used. It is then shown via elementary arguments that the resulting dimensionless parameters can be interpreted in terms of competitions between various energy dissipation mechanisms at different length scales, for example between dislocation nucleation from a crack tip and dislocation nucleation from a Frank-Read dislocation source in the material close to the crack tip. Criteria are established which are used to determine the initial, and perhaps dominant, energy dissipation mechanism at a crack tip.


Fracture dislocation crack tip dislocation nucleation Frank-Read dislocation source ductile to brittle transition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey W. Kysar
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  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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