Study of a three-dimensional crack terminating at an interface

J. C. Lee, L. M. Keer

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In this study the stress intensity factors for a three-dimensional crack perpendicular to and terminating at a bimaterial interface are calculated. It is assumed that the crack is pressurized by a uniform pressure. The method of solution used here is based upon the body-force method and requires the analytical results from the elasticity point-force solution for a bimaterial interface. The solution technique leads to the reduction of the problem to a two-dimensional singular integral equation, which can be solved numerically for the crack opening displacement. Numerical examples of a semi-circular, semi-elliptical crack and growth of circular crack are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-316
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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