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Title:On terminal crack velocities in brittle materials
Author(s):Sadd, Martin Howard
Subject(s):Terminal Crack Velocities
Brittle Materials
Abstract:Using an energy analysis, the limiting or terminal crack velocity of a semi-infinite crack in an infinite medium is investigated. It is proposed that a crack will run in such a manner as to minimize the Lagrangian function of the surrounding medium. Contributions from plastic work are also included in the analysis. For a crack with a constant stress intensity factor, the terminal crack velocity is found to be 35% of the dilatational wave speed. Plastic work has only a slight effect on the final result, tending to increase the terminal speed.
Issue Date:1967-08
Publisher:Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. College of Engineering. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:TAM R 300
1967-0734
Genre:Technical Report
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/112023
ISSN:0073-5264
Sponsor:American Iron and Steel Institute, Committee on Properties of Iron and Steel
Rights Information:Copyright 1967 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-11-04


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