The objective of the study is to evaluate the effects of plastic constraint on transition between tensile-type and shear-type fracture. The T-stress is employed as the quantifying parameter for constraint and is incorporated into the existing theoretical criteria for modelling this transition. It is found that different constraint levels can dramatically alter the transition point. To verify this finding, two sets of mixed mode tests with different constraint levels are carried out. Alongside the theoretical and experimental study, finite element simulation is performed to verify and support these findings. Substantially improved agreement is observed with experimental data if the effect of plastic constraint on transition is included.
|Translated title of the contribution||Quantification of Constraint Effects in Fracture Mechanism Transition for Cracked Structures under Mixed Mode Loading|
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2009|