Fracture Surface Energy of Soda-Lime Glass

  • S. M. Wiederhorn
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The fracture surface energy of soda-lime glass was measured at temperatures of 77, 195, and 300°K in various media using the double-cantilever cleavage technique. Values obtained for the fracture surface energy were 3.20 J/m2 in nitrogen (l), 3.10 J/m2 in toluene (l) — CO2 (s), and 2.83 J/m2 in dry nitrogen (g). During the experiment, slow crack motion was always observed prior to catastrophic failure of the specimens. The crack motion was complex, depending on the stress at the crack tip and the concentration of water in the medium surrounding the crack. Experimental results will be discussed with respect to several different mechanisms of crack growth.


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  • S. M. Wiederhorn
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  1. 1.National Bureau of StandardsUSA

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