Crack-tip stress shielding by a hard fiber in β-SiC: An atomistic study

Alessandro Mattoni, Luciano Colombo, Fabrizio Cleri

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We present and discuss the application of large-scale molecular dynamics simulations addressed to investigate the interaction between a crack tip and a hard inclusion in monocrystalline β-SiC. We study the Griffith criterion for the stability of an isolated crack. As for the crack-inclusion interaction, we find that the presence of a hard inclusion affects the crack stress field beyond the linear regime. We prove that the nonlinear part of the stress and strain fields depends on the relative distance between the crack and the inclusion as power law. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40 - 43
Number of pages4
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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