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    The Influence of Curvature on Stress Intensity at the Tip of a Circumferential Crack in a Cylindrical Shell

    Published: 01 January 1971

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    The validity of a nondimensional curvature parameter, relating discontinuity size to shell radius and thickness, used to express the effect of curvature on stress intensification at a discontinuity in a cylindrical shell, has been substantiated within a limited range. Fatigue crack growth tests were conducted on flat and curved axially loaded specimens to examine the influence of curvature on stress intensity in cylindrical shells. Using crack growth rates, a curvature correction is obtained which can be used to apply a stress intensity analysis in flat sheets to cylinders. The influence of curvature on stress intensity is found to be similar to that of sheet buckling in flat sheets containing cracks.


    metal sheets, aluminum alloys, fatigue (materials), cracking (fracturing), crack propagation, structural design, curvature, cylindrical shells, loads (forces), stresses, axial strain, static tests, fatigue tests

    Author Information:

    Adams, NJI
    Resident research associate, National Academy of Sciences, NASA Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, Va.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.06

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26672S