Branching of a fast crack in polymers

Kazuo Arakawa, Kiyoshi Takahashi

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Crack branching in Araldite d and Homalite-911 was studied using a modified Cranz-Schardin type high speed camera which provided simultaneously taken shadow patterns and specimen-focussed images. Fracture parameters including crack velocity a, stress intensity factor Kd and specific crack extension resistance R{six pointed black star} were measured in the course of crack propagation. No definite critical values could be determined with one of those fracture parameters for the onset of crack branching. Instead, the product R{six pointed black star}a, i.e., energy per unit crack width per unit time, was found to have a critical value for the branching.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-254
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials


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