Bearing capacity of a prestressed cracked plate

Leonid I. Slepyan*, John P. Dempsey

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An elastic plate with a through-the thickness or a part-through-the-thickness crack is considered. The formulation incorporates the action of both bending and stretching as well as closure effects of the crack face contact. The lateral force-displacement nonlinear relation is derived for an infinite supported plate which is assumed to be under an in-plane compression force and a lateral force uniformly distributed along the crack line. Influence of the compressive force on the bearing capacity is shown. Stability of the plate under a lateral impact, and existence of an optimal initial compressive force is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 11th Conference on Engineering Mechanics. Part 1 (of 2) - Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Duration: 19 May 199622 May 1996


ConferenceProceedings of the 1996 11th Conference on Engineering Mechanics. Part 1 (of 2)
CityFort Lauderdale, FL, USA


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