Towards Mechanochemistry of Fracture and Cohesion: General Introduction and the Simplest Model of Velcro

Report No. ARL-TR-5309
Authors: Michael A. Grinfeld and Steven B. Segletes
Date/Pages: September 2010; 26 pages
Abstract: This project is aimed at a combined theoretical and experimental analysis of adhesives. The theoretical part of it is based on usage of macroscopic methods and principles: continuum mechanics and thermodynamics. The full extent of the experimental part will be made more clear in a later report. This part, however, is expected to be as important as the theoretical part. We plan to begin experimenting with the simplest systems; basically, the macrosystems based on velcro tapes and sheets.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: September 1, 2010