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Strain energy release rates for an interface crack in orthotropic media--a finite element investigation

Hemanth, D and Aradhya, Shivakumar KS and Murthy, Rama TS and Raju, Govinda N (2005) Strain energy release rates for an interface crack in orthotropic media--a finite element investigation. In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 72 (5). pp. 759-772.

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Abstract

Strain energy release rate (SERR) components for an interface crack in two-dimensional orthotropic media were obtained using finite element (FE) analysis. The elastic analysis of interface cracks results in oscillatory singularity. This is prevalent over a very small zone near the crack-tip, where the traction free crack faces undergo unacceptable deformations resulting in the interpenetration of crack faces. The individual and total strain energy release rates are calculated using modified crack closure integral,.(MCCI) method. Although the total SERR converges, it is observed that the individual SERR components are dependent on the values of the smallest element size (Deltaa) at the crack-tip. It is observed that both the crack opening and sliding displacements are oscillatory when the interpenetration is allowed in the contact zone. The contact zone length (r(c)) calculated using Suo's analytical expression [Singularities, interfaces and cracks in dissimilar anisotropic media. Proc. Royal Soc. London, Ser A427 (1990) 331] is in good agreement with the results from FE analysis and MCCI calculations. However, for the chosen material properties, the estimated contact zone length based on the analytical expression proposed by Ni and Nemat-Nasser [J. Mech. Phys. Solids 39 (1991) 113] exhibits a large deviation from the present FE results. It is seen that the mode-II behavior dominates the crack growth, even under mode-I loading. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Interface crack;Crack-tip contact zone;Orthotropic media;SERR compo
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering (Formerly, Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2010 07:43
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:56
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/17394

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