Mode III crack terminating asymmetrically at a wedge-shaped inhomogeneity

L. Schovanec, B. Pashaie

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Fracture of a composite medium is studied by considering the problem of a mode III crack terminating at a wedge-shaped inclusion. The inclusion is asymmetrically oriented with respect to the plane of the crack and consists of bonded dissimilar materials. Special cases of the problem correspond to a crack lying along the interface of two bonded materials or a crack at an arbitrary angle to a straight interface. The radial and angular dependence of the stress field upon material inhomogeneity is described in detail and illustrated for a variety of geometries. The implications of these results with regard to the prediction of crack propagation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP
StatePublished - 1989
EventSeismic Engineering - 1989: Design, Analysis, Testing, and Qualification Methods - Honolulu, HI, USA
Duration: Jul 23 1989Jul 27 1989


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