Crack tunneling and plane-strain delamination in layered solids

A.S.J. Suiker, N.A. Fleck

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Steady-state tunneling and plane-strain delamination of an H-shape crack are examined for elastic, isotropic multi-layers. Both tunneling and delamination are analysed by employing linear elastic fracture mechanics within a 2D finite element framework. Failure maps are produced to reveal the sensitivity of cracking path to the relative toughness of layer and interface, and to the stiffness mismatch of layers. Closed-form expressions are derived for the critical stress level for steady-state plane-strain delamination. By means of a comparison with experimental results taken from the literature, it is demonstrated that these expressions serve as useful design criteria for elastic multilayers. © 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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