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Design and analysis of novel compression fracture specimen with constant form factor: Edge cracked semicircular disk (ECSD)

By KVN Surendra and KRY Simha


Inspired by the Brazilian disk geometry we examine the utility of an edge cracked semicircular disk (ECSD) specimen for rapid assessment of fracture toughness of brittle materials using compressive loading. It is desirable to optimize the geometry towards a constant form factor F for evaluating K-I. In this investigation photoelastic and finite element results for K-I evaluation highlight the effect of loading modeled using a Hertzian. A Hertzian loading subtending 4 degrees at the center leads to a surprisingly constant form factor of 1.36. This special case is further analyzed by applying uniform pressure over a chord for facilitating testing

Topics: Mechanical Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Year: 2013
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2013.02.014
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