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Title: Finite element modelling and analysis of crack shape evolution in mode-I fatigue Middle Cracked Tension specimens
Authors: Branco, R. 
Antunes, F. V. 
Keywords: Crack shape evolution; MT specimen; Tunnelling parameter; Stress intensity factor
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 75:10 (2008) 3020-3037
Abstract: A numerical procedure was employed to study the shape evolution of fatigue cracks in Middle Cracked Tension specimens. This iterative procedure consists of a 3D finite element analysis to obtain the displacement field in the cracked body, calculation of stress intensity factors along crack front and definition of local crack advances considering the Paris law. Numerical predictions were compared with experimental crack shapes with a good agreement. The evolution of crack shape was analysed for different propagation conditions considering robust dependent parameters. Two main propagation stages were identified: an initial transient stage highly dependent on initial crack shape and a stable stage where the crack follows preferred paths. Mathematical models were proposed for transient and stable stages consisting of exponential and polynomial functions, respectively. The transition between both stages was defined considering two criteria: the rate of shape variation and the distance to stable shape. Finally, the crack shape change was linked with the distribution of stress intensity factor along crack front.
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FCTUC Eng.Mecânica - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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