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Mode-III Stress Intensity Factors of an Arbitrarily Oriented Crack Crossing Interface in a Layered Structure

  • C. K. Chao (a1) and L. M. Lu (a1)


The problem of a layered structure containing an arbitrarily oriented crack crossing the interface in anti-plane elasticity is considered in this paper. The fundamental solution of displacements and stresses is obtained in a series form via the method of analytical continuation in conjunction with the alternating technique. A dislocation distribution along the prospective site of a crack is used to model a crack crossing the interface and the singular integral equations with logarithmic singular kernels for a line crack are then established. The crack is approximated by several line segments and the linear interpolation equation with undetermined coefficients was applied for the dislocation function along line segments. Once the undetermined dislocation coefficients are solved, the mode-III stress intensity factors KIII at two crack tips can be obtained for various crack inclinations with different material property combinations. All the numerical results are checked to achieve a good approximation that demonstrates the accuracy and the efficiency of the proposed method.


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Mode-III Stress Intensity Factors of an Arbitrarily Oriented Crack Crossing Interface in a Layered Structure

  • C. K. Chao (a1) and L. M. Lu (a1)


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