Effect of anisotropic plasticity on mixed mode interface crack growth

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Crack growth along an interface between a solid with plastic anisotropy and an elastic substrate is modelled by representing the fracture process in terms of a traction–separation law specified on a crack plane. A phenomenological elastic–viscoplastic material model is applied, using one of two different anisotropic yield criteria to account for the plastic anisotropy. Conditions of small-scale yielding are assumed, and due to the mismatch of elastic properties across the interface the corresponding oscillating stress singularity field is applied as boundary conditions on the outer edge of the region analyzed. Crack growth resistance curves are calculated numerically, and based on these results the dependence of the steady-state fracture toughness on the near-tip mode mixity is determined. Different initial orientations of the principal axes relative to the interface are considered and it is found that the steady-state fracture toughness is quite sensitive to this orientation of the anisotropy.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number16
Pages (from-to)2603-2614
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007


  • Anisotropic plasticity
  • Crack growth
  • Finite strains
  • Cohesive zone


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