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Published September 2008 | Published
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Fracture through cavitation in a metallic glass


The fracture surfaces of a Zr-based bulk metallic glass exhibit exotic multi-affine isotropic scaling properties. The study of the mismatch between the two facing fracture surfaces as a function of their distance shows that fracture occurs mostly through the growth and coalescence of damage cavities. The fractal nature of these damage cavities is shown to control the roughness of the fracture surfaces.

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Copyright © EPLA 2008. Received 3 February 2008, accepted for publication 4 August 2008. Published 11 September 2008. Print publication: Issue 6 (September 2008). EB wishes to thank J.-P. Bouchaud for inspiring discussions, and for his constant support. She is also indebted to Y. Champion for an interesting discussion, and for pointing out ref. [33].

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