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  Fracture of a model cohesive granular material

Schmeink, A., Goehring, L., & Hemmerle, A. (2017). Fracture of a model cohesive granular material. Soft Matter, 13(5), 1040-1047. doi:10.1039/c6sm02600a.

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Schmeink, Alexander1, Author              
Goehring, Lucas1, Author              
Hemmerle, Arnaud1, Author              
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1Group Pattern formation in the geosciences, Department of Dynamics of Complex Fluids, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Max Planck Society, ou_2063304              

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 Abstract: We study experimentally the fracture mechanisms of a model cohesive granular medium consisting of glass beads held together by solidified polymer bridges. The elastic response of this material can be controlled by changing the cross-linking of the polymer phase, for example. Here we show that its fracture toughness can be tuned over an order of magnitude by adjusting the stiffness and size of the polymer bridges. We extract a well-defined fracture energy from fracture testing under a range of material preparations. This energy is found to scale linearly with the cross-sectional area of the bridges. Finally, X-ray microcomputed tomography shows that crack propagation is driven by adhesive failure of about one polymer bridge per bead located at the interface, along with microcracks in the vicinity of the failure plane. Our findings provide insight into the fracture mechanisms of this model material, and the mechanical properties of disordered cohesive granular media in general.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2017-01-042017-02-07
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1039/c6sm02600a
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 13 (5) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1040 - 1047 Identifier: ISSN: 1744-683X