Does the continuum theory of dynamic fracture work?

David A. Kessler, Herbert Levine

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We investigate the validity of the linear elastic fracture mechanics approach to dynamic fracture. We first test the predictions in a lattice simulation, using a formula of Eshelby for the time-dependent stress intensity factor. Excellent agreement with the theory is found. We then use the same method to analyze the experiment of Sharon and Fineberg. The data here are not consistent with the theoretical expectation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003


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