KEM 2009 DOI: 10.4028/ View full text
J.J. Mecholsky Jr.

Abstract: The tenets of fractography are well known. The principles of fractal geometry have been applied to fracture surfaces for several decades. How these two fields can be used in a synergistic manner eludes many. The key element in discovering that a fracture surface is fractal is that the features we observe with the naked or aided eye also occur at the atomic scale! Thus, we should be able to interpret the mirror, mist and hackle boundaries in terms of atomic bond breaking. I will present a consistent hypoth…

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