Crack-tip fields for matrix cracks between dissimilar elastic and creeping materials

F. G. Yuan, S. Yang

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The stress fields near the tip of a matrix crack terminating at and perpendicular to a planar interface under symmetric in-plane loading in plane strain are investigated. The bimaterial interface is formed by a linearly elastic material and an elastic power-law creeping material in which the crack is located. Using generalized expansions at the crack tip in each region and matching the stresses and displacements across the interface in an asymptotic sense, a series asymptotic solution is constructed for the stresses and strain rates near the crack tip. It is found that the stress singularities, to the leading order, are the same in each material; the stress exponent is real. The oscillatory higher-order terms exist in both regions and stress higher-order term with the order of O(r°) appears in the elastic material. The stress exponents and the angular distributions for singular terms and higher order terms are obtained for different creep exponents and material properties in each region. A full agreement between asymptotic solutions and the full-field finite element results for a set of test examples with different times has been obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-360
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials


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