The statistics of brittle fracture of small specimens

Xiao Zhi Hu, Brian Cotterell, Yiu Wing Mai

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In the derivation of the classic Weibull strength distribution for brittle solids, it is assumed that the number of flaws is large. When small specimens are tested the number of flaws may not be large and the number in any one specimen may be significantly different to the expected number. In this case the effective Weibull modulus will be less than that measured from tests on large specimens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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