Fracture in brittle materials: The atomic-scale viewpoint

M. Ippolito, G. Fugallo, A. Mattoni, L. Colombo, F. Cleri

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We present the basic formalism, as well as the underlying physical picture of atomistic simulations, as applied to the investigation of materials mechanical behavior. In particular, we discuss brittle fracture in cubic silicon carbide, proving that atomistic simulations are not only consistent with elementary continuum fracture mechanics, but also do provide a better physical insight on atomic-scale features, e.g. lattice trapping. Finally, we show how atomistic simulations could be used as a provider of constitutive relations to be possibly used in continuum modeling. © 2005-IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89 - 102
Number of pages14
JournalStrength, Fracture and Complexity
Issue number2-4
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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Ippolito, M., Fugallo, G., Mattoni, A., Colombo, L., & Cleri, F. (2005). Fracture in brittle materials: The atomic-scale viewpoint. Strength, Fracture and Complexity, 3(2-4), 89 - 102.