Estimation of the Crack Propagation Direction of a Crack Touching the Interface between Two Elastic Materials
The objective of the paper is to investigate the direction of a further crack propagation from the interface between two elastic materials. The angle of crack propagation changes when the crack passes the interface. The suggested procedure makes it possible to estimate an angle of propagation under which the crack will propagate into the second material. The assumptions of linear elastic fracture mechanics and elastic behavior of the body with interfaces are considered. The finite element method was used for numerical calculations. The results obtained might contribute to a better understanding of the failure of materials with interfaces (e.g. layered composites, materials with protective coatings) and to a more reliable estimation of the service life of such structures.
L. Náhlík et al., "Estimation of the Crack Propagation Direction of a Crack Touching the Interface between Two Elastic Materials", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 567-568, pp. 225-228, 2008