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Dynamic crack growth in TDCB specimens. (English) Zbl 0857.73066
Summary: Dynamic crack propagation in tapered double cantilever beam (TDCB) specimens is analyzed via beam theory and the finite element method. Steady state and transient solutions of the energy release rate \(G\) are given for various load conditions. Finite element analysis is performed to obtain the dynamic \(G\) at given crack speed or the crack history for a given fracture toughness. The stress wave effects on the dynamic \(G\) are discussed. The beam solutions are compared with the finite element results, and some experimental phenomena are explained.

74R99 Fracture and damage
74K10 Rods (beams, columns, shafts, arches, rings, etc.)
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