Fatigue failure of disordered materials

F. Kun, M. H. Costa, R. N. Costa Filho, J. S. Andrade, J. B. Soares, S. Zapperi, H. J. Herrmann

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We present an experimental and theoretical study of the fatigue failure of heterogeneous materials under cyclic compression considering asphalt as a specific example. Varying the load amplitude, experiments reveal a finite fatigue limit below which the specimen does not break, while approaching the tensile strength of the material a rapid failure occurs. In the intermediate load range, the lifetime decreases with the load as a power law. We introduce two novel theoretical approaches, namely, a fibre bundle model and a fuse model, and show that both capture the major microscopic mechanisms of the fatigue failure of heterogeneous materials, providing an excellent agreement with the experimental findings.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberP02003
JournalJournal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2007



  • Fracture (experiment)
  • Fracture (theory)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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Kun, F., Costa, M. H., Costa Filho, R. N., Andrade, J. S., Soares, J. B., Zapperi, S., & Herrmann, H. J. (2007). Fatigue failure of disordered materials. Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, (2), [P02003]. https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-5468/2007/02/P02003