On the Dynamic Growth of a Spherical Inclusion With Dilatational Transformation Strain in Infinite Elastic Domain

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B. Wang, Z. Xiao

School of MPE, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Q. Sun

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong

J. Appl. Mech 66(4), 879-884 (Dec 01, 1999) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2791792 History: Received June 17, 1998; Revised December 14, 1998; Online October 25, 2007


In this paper, the dynamic effect was incorporated into the initiation and propagation process of a transformation inclusion. Based on the time-varying propagation equation of a spherical transformation inclusion with pure dilatational eigenstrain, the dynamic elastic fields both inside and outside the inclusion were derived explicitly, and it is found that when the transformation region expands at a constant speed, the strain field inside the inclusion is time-independent and uniform for uniform eigenstrain. Following the basic ideas of crack propagation problems in dynamic fracture mechanics, the reduction rate of the mechanical part of the free energy accompanying the growth of the transformation inclusion was derived as the driving force for the move of the interface. Then the equation to determine the propagation speed was established. It is found that there exists a steady speed for the growth of the transformation inclusion when time is approaching infinity. Finally the relation between the steady speed and the applied hydrostatic stress was derived explicitly.

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