Fracture Surface Energy of Glass


  • Presented at the Seventieth Annual Meeting, The American Ceramic Society, Chicago, Illinois, April 23, 1968 (Basic Science Division, No. 24–B-68).

  • Supported by the Advanced Research Projects Agency.


Fracture surface energies of six glasses were measured using the double-cantilever cleavage technique. Values ranged from 3.5 to 5.3 J/m2 depending on the chemical composition of the glass and the temperature of the test. The fracture surface energy increased with decreasing temperature and increasing Young's modulus; however, exceptions to this behavior were noted. The magnitude of the values obtained is discussed with respect to the theoretical strength of glass and possible irreversible effects at the crack tip such as stress corrosion and plastic deformation are considered.