Atomistic study of the interaction between a microcrack and a hard inclusion in β-SiC

A. Mattoni, L. Colombo, F. Cleri

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We present an atomistic investigation on mechanical loading effects in a model fiber-reinforced β-SiC monocrystal where a crack is present. Our simulations are both consistent with the basic results of elementary continuum mechanics and provide a deeper physical insight at the nanoscale. In particular, we propose an effective renormalization of some basic quantity (e.g., the crack length), which reconcile continuum theory to atomistics. Finally, we prove that the interaction between the microcrack and the hard inclusion (fiber) is able to increase the strength of the β-SiC lattice and falls beyond the linear regime. We consistently provide a corresponding constitutive equation for the total stress field for an interacting crack-fiber pair.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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