SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1972

The Integral as a Fracture Criterion


The path independent J integral, as formulated by Rice, can be viewed as a parameter which is an average measure of the crack tip elastic-plastic field. This together with the fact that J can be evaluated experimentally, makes a critical J value an attractive elastic-plastic fracture criterion. The JIc fracture criterion refers to crack initiation under plane strain conditions from essentially elastic to fully plastic behavior.

Experiments supporting the validity of a JIc fracture criterion are presented in this paper. Values of the J integral were determined experimentally for two steel alloys, one of low and the other of intermediate strength. A review is given of the analytic support for the JIc fracture criterion. The range of applicability of the JIc concept, its limitations, and its advantages are also discussed.

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Begley, JA
Westinghouse Research Laboratories, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Landes, JD
Westinghouse Research Laboratories, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 1–23
DOI: 10.1520/STP38816S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5575-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-5529-9