Fracture roughness evolution during mode I dynamic crack propagation in brittle materials

K. Takahashi, M. Kido, K. Arakawa

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    The evolution of roughness RMS during dynamic fracture in thin plates of epoxy (Araldite B) was studied in relation to important fracture parameters such as crack velocity ȧ, acceleration and deceleration ä and mode I stress intensity factors (KID). Dual-focus high speed photography was carried out to evaluate values of KID by the caustic (KID(C)) and photoelastic (KID(P)) methods simultaneously. A specially designed jig applied successive tensile loadings to specimens which resulted in cyclic change of ȧ and ä. The changes of ȧ, RMS and KID are shown to be qualitatively similar with respect to the value of a. Quantitatively, a typical result showed that the position of the first maximum value of ȧ came 7 mm behind the first loading axis, while that of KID (P), RMS and KID, (C) appeared on the fracture surface 7 mm, 15 mm, and 25 mm behind the axis, respectively. The agreement between KID (C) and KID (P) was acceptable except for data around the first loading axis. Discussions are given on the uniqueness problem of ȧ and KID.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)119-131
    Number of pages13
    JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
    Issue number1-2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Computational Mechanics
    • Modelling and Simulation
    • Mechanics of Materials


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