This paper was to verify the STAGS (general shell, geometric and material nonlinear) code and the critical crack-tip-opening angle (CTOA) fracture criterion for predicting stable tearing in cracked panels that fail with severe out-of-plane buckling. Materials considered ranged from brittle to ductile behavior. Test data used in this study are reported elsewhere. The STAGS code was used to model stable tearing using a critical CTOA value that was determined from a cracked panel that was "restrained" from buckling. The analysis methodology was then used to predict the influence of buckling on stable tearing and failure loads. Parameters like crack-length to-specimen-width ratio, crack configuration, thickness, and material tensile properties had a significant influence on the buckling behavior of cracked thin-sheet materials. Experimental and predicted results showed a varied buckling response for different crack-length-to-sheet-thickness ratios because different buckling modes were acti..
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