Journal article

Elastic plastic fracture mechanics investigation of toughness of wet colloidal particulate materials: Influence of saturation.

George V Franks, Mitchell L Sesso, Matthew Lam, Yi Lu, Liqing Xu

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science | Elsevier | Published : 2021


HYPOTHESIS: Previous use of linear elastic fracture mechanics to estimate toughness of wet particulate materials underestimates the toughness because it does not account for plastic deformation as a dissipation mechanism. Plastic deformation is responsible for the majority of energy dissipated during the fracture of wet colloidal particulate materials. Plastic deformation around the crack tip increases with saturation of the particulate body. The toughness of the body increases with increasing saturation. EXPERIMENTS: Elastic plastic fracture mechanics using the J-integral approach was used for the first time to measure the fracture toughness (JIC) of wet micron sized alumina powder bodies a..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks to Laura Jukes for help with suspension preparation and slip casting. Thanks to Mahesh Tirumkudulu, IIT Mumbai, for help with the predictions of modulus and toughness from theory. Thanks to the Australian Research Council for funding Discovery Project DP150102788.