Crack growth is studied numerically for cases where fracture occurs by atomic separation, sc that the length scale of the fracture process is typically much smaller than the dislocation spacing. Thus, the crack growth mechanism is brittle, but due to plastic flow at some distance from the crack tip, the materials show crack growth resistance. It is shown here that the resistance is strongly dependent on the value of the non-singular T-stress, acting parallel to the crack plane. The numerical technique employed makes use of a thin dislocation-free strip of elastic material inside which the crack propagates, with the material outside described by continuum plasticity. Thus the width of the strip is a material length scale comparable to the dislocation spacing or the dislocation cell size.
|Journal||Journal de physique iv|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 1998|
|Event||2nd European Mechanics of Materials Conference on Mechanics of Materials with Intrinsic Length Scale (EUROMECH-MECAMAT 97) - Magdeburg, Germany|
Duration: 23 Feb 1998 → 26 Feb 1998
Conference number: 2
|Conference||2nd European Mechanics of Materials Conference on Mechanics of Materials with Intrinsic Length Scale (EUROMECH-MECAMAT 97)|
|Period||23/02/1998 → 26/02/1998|