Engineering Fracture Mechanics
The crack growth rate during cyclic loading is investigated via numerical simulations. The crack advancement is governed by a propagation criterion that relates the increment in plastically dissipated energy ahead of the crack tip to a critical value. Once this critical value is satisfied, crack propagation is modeled via a node release scheme. Thus, the crack growth rate is an output from the numerical simulation. The crack growth rate predicted by the proposed scheme is compared with published experimental crack growth data in the Paris-regime for selected metals. A good match is found between the experimentally observed crack growth rates and the numerically obtained results. The Paris coefficients are subsequently evaluated from the numerically obtained crack growth rates.
Nittur, P. G., Karlsson, A. M., and Carlsson, L. A., 2014, "Numerical Evaluation of Paris-Regime Crack Growth Rate Based on Plastically Dissipated Energy," Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 124–125, pp. 155-166
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