Molecular dynamics simulation of brittle fracture in silicon

J.G. Swadener, M.I. Baskes, M. Nastasi

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The fracture process involves converting potential energy from a strained body into surface energy, thermal energy, and the energy needed to create lattice defects. In dynamic fracture, energy is also initially converted into kinetic energy. This paper uses molecular dynamics (MD) to simulate brittle frcture in silicon and determine how energy is converted from potential energy (strain energy) into other forms.
Original languageEnglish
Article number085503
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 6 Aug 2002

Bibliographical note

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Brittle Fracture in Silicon
J. G. Swadener, M. I. Baskes, and M. Nastasi
Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 085503 – Published 6 August 2002.


  • molecular
  • dynamics
  • simulation of brittle
  • silicon


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