This paper gives an expression for the energy release rate in an arbitrary direction for a crack subjected simultaneously to Mode I, Mode II and Mode III conditions. The energy release rate is computed using the elastic solution of a deflected crack, having a main branch and a propagation branch. The elastic solution for the anti-plane problem is easily obtained by use of complex variables. For the in-plane problem we use the limiting solution recently obtained. Using the critical energy release rate criterion, incipient paths of propagation as well as the fracture stresses of such a crack, were obtained from the maximum value of the energy release rate. Results are in close agreement with a few experimental results available in the literature. The energy release rate, in parametric form, can be used for any crack subjected to Modes I, II and III loading conditions. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Watervliet Arsenal

    Watervliet, NY  United States  12189

    Army Armament Command

    Rock Island, IL  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Hussain, M A
    • Pu, S L
  • Publication Date: 1975-7

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  • Pagination: 29 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00093179
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: WVT-TR-75042 Tech. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1976 12:00AM