Failure time in heterogeneous materials -Non-homogeneous nucleationA. Rabinovitch1, M. Friedman2 and D. Bahat3
1 Physics Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva 84105, Israel
2 Nuclear Research Center-Negev, Physics Department P.O. Box 9001, Beer Sheva, Israel
3 Earth Sciences Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Beer Sheva 84105, Israel
(Received 23 February 2004; accepted in final form 19 July 2004)
The changes in the time to failure in creep problems, brought about by the inherent existence of flaws in materials, are calculated. Results agree with experimental ones and predict the time distribution dependence on temperature.
62.20.Mk - Fatigue, brittleness, fracture, and cracks.
05.10.-a - Computational methods in statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics.
61.43.-j - Disordered solids.
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