Accession Number:

ADA018451

Title:

Equilibrium Penny-Like Crack in Indentation Fracture

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. 1 Jul 74-30 Jun 75

Corporate Author:

NATIONAL BUREAU OF STANDARDS GAITHERSBURG MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

31.0

Abstract:

A study is made of the mechanics of two basic types of indentation fracture, cone cracks blunt indenters and median cracks sharp indenters. The common feature which forms the central theme in this work is that both crack types, in their well-developed stages of growth, may be regarded as essentially penny-like. On this basis a universal similarity relation is derived for equilibrium crack dimension as a function of indentation load. Experimental measurements confirm the general form of this relation. A more detailed fracture mechanics analysis is then given, to account for additional, contact variables evident in the data. Notwithstanding certain analytical limitations, the study serves as a useful basis for investigating a wide range of contact-related problems, both fundamental and applied, in brittle solids. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Metallurgy and Metallography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE