Failure time and microcrack nucleation
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1999
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Europhys. Lett. 47, 456-461 (1999)
Abstract
The failure time of samples of heterogeneous materials (wood, ¯berglass) is stud- ied as a function of the applied stress. It is shown that in these materials the failure time is predicted with a good accuracy by a model of microcrack nucleation proposed by Pomeau. It is also shown that the crack growth process presents critical features when the failure time is approached.

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