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Cleavage planes of icosahedral quasicrystals: A molecular dynamics study

: Rösch, F.; Rudhart, C.; Gumbsch, P.

Belin-Ferré, E.:
Quasicrystals 2003 - preparation, properties and applications : Symposium held December 1 - 3, 2003, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.; At the 2003 MRS fall meeting
Warrendale, Pa.: Materials Research Society, 2004 (Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 805)
ISBN: 1-558-99743-1
Symposium LL: "Quasicrystals - Preparation, Properties and Applications" <2003, Boston/Mass.>
Materials Research Society (Fall Meeting) <2003, Boston/Mass.>
Fraunhofer IWM ()
crack propagation; fracture; quasicrystal; molecular dynamic

The propagation of modeI cracks in a three-dimensional icosahedral model quasicrystal has been studied by molecular dynamics techniques. In particular, the dependence on the plane structure and the influence of clusters have been investigated. Crack propagation was simulated in planes perpendicular to five, two- and pseudo-twofold axes of the binary cosahedral model. Brittle fracture without any crack tip plasticity is observed. The fracture surfaces turn out to be rough on the scale of the clusters. These are not strictly circumvented, but to some extent cut by the dynamic crack. However, compared to the flat seed cracks the clusters are intersected less frequently. Thus the roughness of the crack surfaces can be attributed to the cluster, whereas the constant average heights of the fracture surfaces reflect the plane structure of the quasicrystal. Furthermore a distinct anisotropy with respect to the in-plane propagation directions is found.