Energy release rate cannot predict crack initiation orientation in domains with a sharp V-notch under mode III loading

Brigit Mittelman, Zohar Yosibash

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Abstract

The energy release rate (ERR) proposed by Irwin based on a theory by Griffith (1920) and Irwin (1957) has been extensively used as a fracture criterion in 2D for brittle domains. Under in-plane mixed mode loading (modes I+II), the direction of crack initiation from cracks and sharp V-notches was determined by the orientation at which the ERR attains its maximum.Using the newly developed asymptotic expansion presented in Mittelman (2014) verified by direct results from finite element analyses we demonstrate that the ERR under mode III cannot predict the fracture initiation direction correctly. The ERR maximum value is always obtained along the V-notch bisector, contrary to experimental observations. This forbids the ERR to be applied as a failure initiation criterion in cases where mode III is dominant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)230-241
Number of pages12
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Volume141
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • 3D singularities
  • Failure criterion
  • Potential energy
  • V-notch

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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