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Dynamics of crack opening in a one-dimensional desiccation experiment

Authors
Journal
Physica A Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
0378-4371
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
321
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0378-4371(02)01538-8
Keywords
  • Desiccation
  • Shrinkage
  • Cracks

Abstract

Abstract We used a simple one-dimensional experiment to investigate the dynamical aspects of crack opening that occurs in clay exposed to shrinkage induced by desiccation. The opening rate of single cracks is obtained. A simple model is introduced to account for the observed behavior. Interaction between adjacent cracks is put into evidence and a collective behavior is observed.

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