Drying patterns: Sensitivity to residual stresses.


Volume alteration in solid materials is a common cause of material failure. Here we investigate the crack formation in thin elastic layers attached to a substrate. We show that small variations in the volume contraction and substrate restraint can produce widely different crack patterns ranging from spirals to complex hierarchical networks. The networks are… (More)


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@article{Cohen2009DryingPS, title={Drying patterns: Sensitivity to residual stresses.}, author={Yossi Cohen and Joachim Mathiesen and Itamar Procaccia}, journal={Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics}, year={2009}, volume={79 4 Pt 2}, pages={046109} }