Parametric dependence studies on cracking of clay

Kanika Pasricha, Uday Wad, Renu Pasricha, Satishchandra Ogale

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We have studied the shrinkage-crack patterns formed in the process of drying of clay/water slurries employing simple laboratory experiments. Both isotropic and directional drying was studied. The objective has been to examine the correlation between the solvent, materials parameters and the crack patterns. Attempt is made to fit the observations to specific models. The dynamics of the pattern formation process and the geometric properties of the crack patterns are found to be in conformity with the hydrodynamic model by Lee and Routh [W.P. Lee, A.F. Routh, Langmuir 20 (2004) 9887].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1352-1358
Number of pages7
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2009


  • Clay
  • Cracks pattern
  • Hydrodynamic model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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