Rapidly wedged crack propagation data with a static compliance calibration

Research paper by C-Lun Chow, S. J. Burns

Indexed on: 01 Oct '79Published on: 01 Oct '79Published in: International Journal of Fracture


The dynamic critical stress intensity factor of a propagating crack was measured from the time-dependent shear force at the loading end of a rapidly wedged double cantilever beam specimen. The product of the shear force and the square root of the loading time for a specimen constrained to constant displacement-rate opening is uniquely related to the critical bending moment at the crack tip during crack propagation. Static compliance measurements on side-grooved DCB specimens were incorporated into a dynamic Bernoulli-Euler beam, crack propagation model by a crack length shift at a fixed compliance value. This shift does not affect the magnitude of the critical bending moment at the crack tip, predicted by the simple beam model, when the load and the load point displacement are the measured variables. Details of analysis of the time varying shear force are given including: the rigidity of the contact between the wedge and the specimen; the dynamic critical stress intensity values versus crack velocity for Ti-6Al-4V and AISI 1018 cold-rolled steel.