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Fracture of pre-cracked metallic conductors under combined electric current and mechanical loading

Sharma, Deepak and Reddy, B Subba and Kumar, Praveen (2018) Fracture of pre-cracked metallic conductors under combined electric current and mechanical loading. In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FRACTURE, 212 (2). pp. 167-182.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10704-018-0298-3


Recently, we reported fracture of edge cracked thin metallic conductors upon passing only electric current, i.e., due to the self-induced electromagnetic forces. In this study, effect of simultaneous application of an electric current and a mechanical load on fracture of a thin edge-cracked conductor is investigated. Firstly, finite element method (FEM) simulation was performed to analyze the interaction between stress fields due to the electric current and the far-field mechanical loading. FEM simulations showed that stress fields as well as stress intensity factors due to each stimulus can be linearly superimposed to calculate their respective values under the combined loading. To corroborate the FEM results, experiments were conducted where a mechanical load was applied along with the electric pulse current. The critical current density required to propagate the sharp crack under combined loading decreased and the rate of crack propagation per electric current pulse drastically increased. Effect of mode-mixity on the fracture behavior of thin metallic foil under the combined loading was also studied by applying the mechanical load at different angles relative to the crack, and it was observed that the crack could be deflected at a desired, pre-determined angle by changing the mode mixity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belong to SPRINGER, VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Department/Centre: Division of Electrical Sciences > Electrical Engineering
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
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Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2018 15:44
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2018 15:44
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/60591

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