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2010
On the tearing of thin sheets - Bayart, E. and Boudaoud, A. and Adda-Bedia, M.
ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS 771849-1856 (2010)

Abstract : We perform an experimental study to investigate the propagation of one or two cracks in a thin elastic sheet of a brittle material torn in an out-of-plane shear mode. We observe that a single crack always follows a straight path, whereas two cracks propagating simultaneously follow curved paths and merge, forming a tongue-like shape. The present experimental setup allows the understanding of how the energy introduced at a large scale is focused at the crack tip. We find that the geometry of the sheet is determined by the direction of a large scale force, applied to the crack tip, which is perpendicular to cracked surfaces. While the material is deformed at large scales under mode Ill loading, the geometry of system in the vicinity of the crack tip adapts such that the material is locally broken under a pure mode I loading. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.