Crack pattern in ceramics subject to thermal shock

Fun with citations analytics

Analytics web sites are a great way to waste time… After colleague and co-author Corrado Maurini mentioned that our so far, our paper on crack nucleation (Tanné, Li, Bourdin, Marigo, & Maurini, 2018) was the most cited article published in 2018 the Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids, I came up with the following factoids (as of 2018-10-30):

  • The 2000 article introducing phase-field approach to fracture as a regularization of variational models of brittle fracture (Bourdin, Francfort, & Marigo, 2000) is the 19th most cited article published after 2000 in the Journal of Mechanics and Physics of Solids (45th since 1990).
  • My 2007 article in Interface and Free Boundaries (Bourdin, 2007) is the most cited article in this journal since its creation.
  • The 2008 long article “The Variational Approach to Fracture” (Bourdin, Francfort, & Marigo, 2008) is the 8th most cited paper in Journal of Elasticity since its creation, and the 3rd published after 2000.

Who would have though that Web of Science could be so fun?


  1. Tanné, E., Li, T., Bourdin, B., Marigo, J.-J., & Maurini, C. (2018). Crack nucleation in variational phase-field models of brittle fracture. J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 110, 80–99. DOI:10.1016/j.jmps.2017.09.006 Download
  2. Bourdin, B., Francfort, G. A., & Marigo, J.-J. (2000). Numerical experiments in revisited brittle fracture. J. Mech. Phys. Solids, 48(4), 797–826. DOI:10.1016/S0022-5096(99)00028-9 Download
  3. Bourdin, B. (2007). Numerical implementation of a variational formulation of quasi-static brittle fracture. Interfaces Free Bound., 9, 411–430. DOI:10.4171/IFB/171 Download
  4. Bourdin, B., Francfort, G. A., & Marigo, J.-J. (2008). The Variational Approach to Fracture. J. Elasticity, 91(1-3), 1–148. DOI:10.1007/s10659-007-9107-3 Download