Deformations and Stress Intensities Due to a Craze in an Extended Elastic Material

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J. R. Walton

Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

Y. Weitsman

Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

J. Appl. Mech 51(1), 84-92 (Mar 01, 1984) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167602 History: Received January 01, 1983; Revised June 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009


This paper presents an analytical solution, accompanied by a numerical scheme, to determine the displacement and stress fields in an extended elastic medium due to a thin craze of finite length directed transversely to the load at infinity. Crazes are thin elongated defects containing fine fibrils that connect their opposite interfaces. These fibrils are modeled as a distributed spring, leading to a formulation in terms of a singular integrodifferential equation. The paper also contains a treatment of central cracks within the craze and time-dependent craze response, and includes a discussion of “tip zone” correction.

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