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Crack Propagation Question

  1. Aug 19, 2013 #1
    A few weeks ago I accidentally dropped my droid on some concrete :) Impact location was near the top center, slightly offset. I notice that an initial crack propagated downward about 1 in before making a perpendicular split. Each side of the crack continued along the phone glass heading towards the right and left sides respectively. When the crack got real close to the edge (about 1 cm) it suddenly split as if there were a fork in the road. The end product was a crack that was very close to symmetrical.

    My question is, why did the crack propagate in a symmetrical, but very strange shape? Below is my best effort at a ASCII image

    Code (Text):

    [===DROID===]
    [      |    ]
    [      |    ]
    [ >--------<]
    [           ]
    [           ]
    [           ]
    [           ]
    [           ]
    [           ]
    [           ]
    [===RAZR====]
     
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