Interfacial Fracture Mechanics for Anisotropic Bimaterials

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J. Qu

School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

J. L. Bassani

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6315

J. Appl. Mech 60(2), 422-431 (Jun 01, 1993) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2900810 History: Received August 23, 1990; Revised July 23, 1991; Online March 31, 2008


This paper focuses on aspects of fracture mechanics of interface cracks in anisotropic bimaterials. In this case there is a coupling of all three crack-tip fracture modes in the natural interface-crack coordinate system, whereas in the isotropic case, mode 3 is decoupled from modes 1 and 2. This paper intends to shed light on how to interpret the crack-tip fields which are given explicitly along the interface in terms of two (real 3x3) bimaterial matrices W and D . A matric function Y is defined in terms of W and D which determines the coupling and oscillations in the cracktip fields. Explicit expressions for the crack-tip fields and the associated stress intensity factors are given as well as for the energy release rate. The finite (Griffith) interface crack is considered in detail.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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