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Nonlinear fracture mechanics for ferroelastic materials
Author(s): Chad M. Landis
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear fracture mechanics concepts for ferroelastic materials are presented. A phenomenological constitutive law for ferroelastic domain switching is implemented within a steady state finite element formulation to determine the stress and strain fields near growing cracks in ferroelastic materials. Hutchinson's I-integral is applied to determine the relationship between the far field applied energy release rate and the local crack tip energy release rate. Computations are performed on both unpoled and "mechanically poled" materials with and without T-stress to quantitatively determine the toughening due to domain switching in these situations. Results are discussed in comparison to "transformations toughening" type analytical models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 July 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5387, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics, (21 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.539829
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Chad M. Landis, Rice Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5387:
Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Active Materials: Behavior and Mechanics
Dimitris C. Lagoudas, Editor(s)

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