Nonlinear Analysis of Crazes

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Y. Weitsman

Mechanics and Materials Center, Civil Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843

J. Appl. Mech 53(1), 97-102 (Mar 01, 1986) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3171745 History: Revised May 01, 1984; Received February 01, 1985; Online July 21, 2009


This paper concerns the nonlinear mechanical behavior of a single craze of finite length contained in an extended linear elastic medium. The craze is modeled as a distributed spring with a nonlinear force-displacement relation, which exhibits a hysteresis loop upon unloading. Stresses, displacements, and energy release rates are computed and compared against results for a linear craze. The case of a central crack within the craze is also considered.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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