Asymptotic tensile crack-tip stress fields in elastic-perfectly plastic crystals

H. W. Zhang*, Y. Huang

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For a crack in an elastic-perfectly plastic crystal, there exist more than one asymptotic stress field around the crack tip. The condition governing which field occurs cannot be determined by the asymptotic fields, but depends on external loading conditions. For a plane-strain tensile crack in the (0 1 0) plane and growing in the [1 0 1] direction in a face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal, there exist three asymptotic stress fields around the crack tip, including a previously established four-sector field and two new families of three-sector fields. The four-sector field gives a large mean stress ahead of the crack, 6.12τ, where τ is the critical resolved shear stress for slip systems {1 1 1}〈1 1 0〉. The first family of three-sector fields is parameterized by a single parameter p ranging from 0 to 1. In the limit p=0, the field degenerates to uniform tension in the direction parallel to the crack surface. In the other limit p=1, the corresponding field gives the maximum mean stress, 4.90 τ, in the family. The other family of three-sector fields also has two limits: one corresponds to uniform compression parallel to the crack, and the other provides the maximum mean stress in the family, 2.45τ much less than the four-sector field. The stress distributions obtained by the finite element method confirm not only the four-sector field, but also two families of fields.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials


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