Crack at the apex of a loaded notch

L. M. Keer*, D. A. Mendelsohn, J. D. Achenbach

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This paper deals with the plane elastostatic problem of an infinite wedge, subjected to arbitrary surface tractions, and cracked along the wedge angle bisector. The problem is reduced to a single Fredholm integral equation, which is solved numerically for normal loads on the crack faces and various loads on the wedge faces. It is shown that the crack tip intensity factor depends strongly on the wedge angle. An approximation to a half plane with a notch of finite angle, cracked at its apex, is also obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)615-623
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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