Ductile-brittle transition in random porous Au

Rong Li, K. Sieradzki

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We report experimental results describing the mechanical breakdown of random porous Au which is a new material specifically developed for this study. Digital image analysis was used to characterize the microstructures of the samples which varied by more than 2 orders of magnitude in length scale. The porous Au undergoes a microstructurally controlled ductile-brittle transition. Similar transitions have been found in numerical simulations by Kahng et al. [Phys. Rev. B 37, 7625 (1988)].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1168-1171
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


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