Research CommentariesMaterials Science

Sound and Fracture

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Science  13 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5357, pp. 1652-1653
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5357.1652

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Common experience reveals that things that break make noise. But can noise affect the behavior of a cracking solid? In his research commentary, Lund discusses results recently reported by Boudet and Ciliberto in Physical Review Letters that show how even weak sound waves can influence the speed and motion of a propagating crack tip.