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Microscopic precursors of failure in soft matter

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Abstract

The mechanical properties of soft matter are of great importance in countless applications, in addition of being an active field of academic research. Given the relative ease with which soft materials can be deformed, their non-linear behavior is of particular relevance. Large loads eventually result in material failure. In this Perspective article, we discuss recent work aiming at detecting precursors of failure by scrutinizing the microscopic structure and dynamics of soft systems under various conditions of loading. In particular, we show that the microscopic dynamics is a powerful indicator of the ultimate fate of soft materials, capable of unveiling precursors of failure up to thousands of seconds before any macroscopic sign of weakening.

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The article was received on 26 Aug 2019, accepted on 01 Nov 2019 and first published on 04 Nov 2019


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C9SM01730E
Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article

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    Microscopic precursors of failure in soft matter

    L. Cipelletti, K. Martens and L. Ramos, Soft Matter, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9SM01730E

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