Numerical simulation of growth pattern of a fluid-filled subsurface crack under moving hertzian loading

Xiaoqing Jin*, Leon M. Keer, Eugene L. Chez

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Cracking of a fluid-filled subsurface crack is studied by means of the distributed dislocation technique within the framework of two-dimensional linear elastic fracture mechanics. The Griffith crack was initially opened by the application of hydrostatic pressure of an incompressible fluid within the crack. A moving Hertz line contact load distribution is applied at the surface of the half-plane in the presence of friction. The stress intensity factors at the tips of the fluid-filled crack are analyzed with the restriction that due to the fluid incompressibility there is no change of the crack-opening volume. When the crack starts to propagate/kink, numerical results show that the internal fluid pressure will be relieved, and as the ratio of the branched crack length to main crack length increases, the elastic strain energy release rate decreases. The crack growth is assumed to be arrested when the energy release rate is below a certain value. Based on the energy criterion, predictions are attempted for determining the load position where the crack propagation/kink commences as well as the growth increment of the branch crack before it is arrested. A step-by-step crack path is constructed to simulate the growth pattern of the fluid-filled crack under moving Hertzian loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-232
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006


  • Crack path
  • Distributed dislocation
  • Fluid-filled crack
  • Kinked crack

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials

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