Solution Methods for General Stress Concentrators in Anisotropic Heterogeneous Media


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The increasing use of fibre-reinforced composites in high performance structures has brought a renewed interest in the analysis of cracks, wedges, and multi-material wedges in anisotropic materials. This paper will address three crucial stages of the general stress concentrator analysis: i) numerical procedures for the determination of eigenvalues and eigenvectors in Williams-like asymptotic expansion for multi-material wedge; ii) approaches to an accurate calculation of the near crack tip fields – the application of so-called two-state (or mutual) conservation integrals; iii) application of fracture criteria for the assessment of fracture inception at the general stress concentrators - concept of the so called finite fracture mechanics.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 348-349)

Edited by:

J. Alfaiate, M.H. Aliabadi, M. Guagliano and L. Susmel




M. Kotoul et al., "Solution Methods for General Stress Concentrators in Anisotropic Heterogeneous Media ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 348-349, pp. 677-680, 2007

Online since:

September 2007




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