The validity of several known failure initiation criteria at reentrant corners in brittle elastic materials is examined and a simple one is proposed. Their predictions, under mode I stress field, are compared to experimental observations carried out on PMMA (polymer) and Alumina-7%Zirconia (ceramic) V-notched specimens. Because all realistic V-notched reentrant corners are blunt, a detailed experimental procedure has been followed, focusing on specimens with different notch tip radii. It is demonstrated that by assuming a sharp V-notch, some failure criteria predict reasonably well the experimental findings, and that corrections are needed in order for these to take into consideration the realistic radius at the notch tip.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||International Journal of Fracture|
|State||Published - Feb 2004|
- Failure initiation
- Generalized stress intensity factors