The Stress Intensity Factor Due to Normal Impact Loading of the Faces of a Crack.
Summary rept. Jan-Sep 73,
BROWN UNIV PROVIDENCE R I DEPT OF ENGINEERING
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The plane strain problem of a half-plane crack in an unbounded elastic solid is considered. The faces of the crack are subjected to suddenly applied, equal but opposite concentrated normal forces which tend to separate the crack faces. The elastic wave propagation problem, which contains a characteristic length, is solved exactly by linear superposition over a fundamental solution arising from a particular problem in the dynamic theory of elastic dislocations. Attention is focused on the time-dependent stress intensity factor. For an applied load with step function time dependence, the stress intensity factor is negative from the time the first wave arrives at the crack tip until the arrival of the Rayleigh wave. At that instant, it takes on its appropriate static value, which is thereafter maintained. Generalizations are discussed for spatially distributed andor time-varying normal impact loads. Author
- Solid State Physics