Current challenges for statistical physics in fracture and plasticity
CNR – Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, IENI, Via R. Cozzi 53,
20125 Milano, Italy ISI Foundation, Via Alassio 11C, 10133
Received: 13 June 2012
Published online: 24 September 2012
Statistical physics has been applied in the last decades to several problems in mechanics, including fracture and plasticity. Concept drawn from percolation, fractal geometry, phase-transitions, and interface depinning have been used with varying degrees of success to understand these problems. In this colloquium, I describe recent successes and current challenging problems for statistical physics in fracture and plasticity, focusing on the roughness of cracks, fracture size effects and micron-scale plasticity.
Key words: Colloquium
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