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Constraint effects on ductile fracture processes near a notch tip under mixed-mode loading

Roy, Arun Y and Narasimhan, R (1999) Constraint effects on ductile fracture processes near a notch tip under mixed-mode loading. In: Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 62 (6). pp. 511-534.

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In this work, the effect of constraint on ductile fracture process of microvoid growth and coalescence near a notch tip in a ductile material under mode I and mixed mode loading (involving modes I and II) is investigated. To this end, two sets of finite element simulations are carried out under two-dimensional plane strain conditions. In the first set, a modified boundary layer formulation is employed in which the mixed mode elastic K-T field is prescribed as remote boundary conditions. Several analyses are carried out corresponding to different values of T-stress and remote elastic mode-mixity. Next, ductile four point bend specimens subjected to mode I and mixed mode loading are considered. In both sets of simulations, the interaction between a notch tip and a pre-nucleated hole ahead of it is modelled. The background material is represented by the Gurson constitutive model and micro-void nucleation at uniformly distributed small scale particles is also taken into account. The accumulation of matrix plastic strain and porosity in the ligament between the notch tip and the hole as well as the growth of the hole are studied. Finally, the effect of crack tip constraint on the relationship between the fracture toughness and mode mixity is examined.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Engineering Fracture Mechanics
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Mechanical Engineering
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2009 16:08
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:00
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/18251

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