Analysis of brittle coating fragmentation under uniaxial tension for Weibull strength distributions
Theoretical Polymer Physics, University of Freiburg, Hermann-Herder-Str. 3, 79104 Freiburg i.Br., Germany
Published online: 15 September 2000
We investigate the sequential cracking of thin brittle coatings attached adhesively to substrates. The focus of our study are uniaxial tensile loading conditions, where we monitor the behavior in a continuous picture and the coating strength follows a two-parameter Weibull distribution. For fracture well under way we derive an approximate analytical expression for the distribution of fragment lengths. We recover that the distribution scales with the average fragment length and that is a power function of the applied strain ε, i.e. , where κ depends on the distribution of the strength of the coating and on the adhesive's nonlinearity. Furthermore we compare our approximate analytical expression with numerical solutions and with simulations' findings.
PACS: 05.40.-a – Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion / 46.65.+g – Random phenomena and media / 46.50.+a – Fracture mechanics, fatigue and cracks
© EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica, Springer-Verlag, 2000