Shear dominated transonic interfacial crack growth in a bimaterial I-II. Asymptotic fields and favorable velocity regimes

Cheng Liu*, Y. Huang, Ares J. Rosakis

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Motivated by experimental observations of transonic crack tip speeds (Lambros and Rosakis, 1994c, J. Mech. Phys. Solids 43(2), 169-188), the problem of intersonic interfacial crack growth in an elastic-rigid bimaterial system is analysed. Following the analytical procedure employed in Liu et al. (1993, J. Mech. Phys. Solids 41, 1887-1954), the two-dimensional in-plane asymptotic deformation field surrounding the tip of a crack propagating intersonically along an elastic-rigid bimaterial interface, is obtained. The theoretical results show that the near-tip stress field does not exhibit oscillations, while a stress singularity weaker than 0.5 still exists and is a function of the crack tip speed. In addition, due to the intersonic nature of crack growth, a singular line emanating from the moving crack tip is present in the near-tip field. Across this line, stresses and particle velocities suffer infinite jumps. The theoretical analysis also shows that the near-tip deformation field is shear dominated. It is also shown that in the velocity range cs < v < √2cs, either crack face contact or negative normal tractions ahead of the crack tip exist. Visual evidence of such contact is reported in Part I of this study. These observations, together with additional experimental results of Part I, lead to the conclusion that crack growth is favorable in the velocity regimes 0 < v < cs and √2cs < v < c1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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