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    STP627

    Elastodynamic Effects on Crack Arrest

    Published: 01 January 1977


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    Abstract

    The first part of the paper is concerned with the elastodynamic stress field in the vicinity of a rapidly propagating crack tip. Elastodynamic stress intensity factors and their role in the fracture criterion of the balance of rates of energies are discussed. The remainder of the paper deals with the near-tip stress field for a sudden discontinuous change of the speed of a rapidly propagating crack tip, including the case that the crack tip is suddenly arrested. Analytical expressions are derived for the elastodynamic stress intensity factor, for the case that the crack-tip speed instantaneously changes from c1 to 2, where c2 < c1. Arrest, or continued propagation of a crack tip at a reduced speed are investigated on the basis of the fracture criterion of the balance of rates of energies.

    Keywords:

    crack propagation, elastodynamic stresses, stress intensity, crack arrest, fracture properties


    Author Information:

    Achenbach, JD
    Professor of civil engineering and graduate student, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

    Tolikas, PK
    Professor of civil engineering and graduate student, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.


    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27380S