This video illustrates a brittle fracture which occurs in a laboratory test of a bridge girder from a retired railroad flat car. The girder was notched and cooled using liquid nitrogen to well below -100F to ensure the steel was on the lower shelf. Load was applied to produce the fracture. Later in the video, images that were captured using a high-speed camera show the actual fracture propagation through the depth of the girder. At 10,000 frames per second, still only 3 to 5 frames capture the entire fracture event, illustrating the extremely fast crack propagation rate of such an event.
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- Washeleski, T., Connor, R. J. (2015). Brittle Fracture and Propagation of Crack in a Box Girder. Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/R78K7710