Tuesday, April 23, 2013

1304.5523 (Tajkera Khatun et al.)

Crack Formation in Laponite Gel under AC Fields    [PDF]

Tajkera Khatun, Tapati Dutta, Sujata Tarafdar
Crack formation patterns in laponite gel are known to be strongly affected by DC electric fields. We show that AC fields produce equally remarkable patterns in a radially symmetric set-up. The character of the pattern depends crucially on the field strength. A significant feature observed is the bending of radial cracks, with the curvature increasing as field strength is increased. Fields of 20 to 70 V have been applied and several features of the resulting patterns quantified. Striations on the fracture surfaces and crack speeds are also studied.
View original: http://arxiv.org/abs/1304.5523

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