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Title:Application of fracture mechanics to orthotropic plates
Author(s):Wu, Edward M.
Subject(s):Fracture Mechanics
Orthotropic Plates
Abstract:The Griffith-Irwin (or linear-elastic) fracture concept was used to investigate the feasibility of the application of fracture mechanics to orthotropic plates. The problem of an infinite plate containing a single crack orientated in the direction of one of the planes of elastic symmetry of the plate subjected to arbitrary plane loading was examined. Two analytical crack tip stress analyses for this case were presented, and unlike the isotropic case, the stress distributions were observed to be dependent on the material constants. However, as in the isotropic case the crack tip stress singularity was observed to be r-1/2 and stress intensity factors k1 = σ√a and k2 = τ√a for loading symmetric and skew-symmetrical to the crack respectively could be used. Further, the existence of a functional relation between k1 and k2 was proposed. Results of the experimental investigation using balsa wood plates indicated that the critical stress intensity factors k1c and k2c were constants for tension and pure shear. Moreover, under combined tension and shear, k1c and k2c were found to be related by the function 〖(k_1/k_1c )〗^1 + 〖(k_2/k_2c )〗^2 = 1 which satisfied the physical considerations.
Issue Date:1963-06
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 248
1967-0544
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/111967
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Contract No. Nonr 2947 (02) (x), NRL Project 62 R05 19A
Rights Information:Copyright 1963 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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