Fracture toughness of nanostructured silicon carbide

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

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By using atomistic simulations, we derive a constitutive equation for a microfractured Β -SiC matrix containing hard or soft inclusions. The proposed equation is shown to follow the Eshelby theory for elastic inclusions, and appears to hold for any crack tip-inclusion distance and for a wide range of values of matrix-inclusion elastic mismatch. A comparison of the atomistic results with existing continuum elasticity models points out the weaknesses of some commonly adopted simplifying assumptions. © 2005 American Institute of Physics.
Original languageEnglish
Article number141912
Pages (from-to)1 - 3
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2005
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Ippolito, M., Mattoni, A., Colombo, L., & Cleri, F. (2005). Fracture toughness of nanostructured silicon carbide. Applied Physics Letters, 87(14), 1 - 3. [141912].