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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Physical Property Measurement: Introduction to Fracture

What is Fracture? This is the first of a set of blog posts on the subject of fracture testing. Traditional information on fracture testing focusses on techniques for assessing engineering materials using standard methods and strict geometries. However, these may not be so useful for the typical user of a Texture Analyser.

The loosest definition of fracture is “a form of failure in which the material separates into two or more pieces due to an applied load”. Fracture strength is the stress at which a specimen fails or fractures. Fracture can be brittle, ductile or semi-ductile. This refers to the nature of deformation and will be covered in the next post.