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    Prediction of Crack Path Bifurcation under Quasi-Static Loading by the Cohesive Model

    W. Brocks1, I. Scheider1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.3, No.2, pp. 69-80, 2007, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2007.003.069
    Abstract Cohesive models are used for numerical crack extension analyses in order to predict the mechanical behavior of structures in cases of crack path bifurcation. Possible applications range from the macroscopic to the microscopic scale. As an example of applications to macroscopic engineering structures, simulations of a stiffened cylindrical shell under internal pressure are presented, where a skin crack may penetrate the rib or deviate. On the micro-scale, unit-cell calculation for a fiber-reinforced material is performed, where the fiber may debond or break. More >

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    Influence of an Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Surface Treatment on the Interfacial Fracture Toughness on Bonded Composite Joints

    J. Mohan1, D. Carolan1, N. Murphy1, A. Ivankovic1, D. Dowling1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.3, No.2, pp. 81-86, 2007, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2007.003.081
    Abstract The aim of this work is to investigate the influence of a variety of plasma treatments on the surface properties of an epoxy-based composite material and to establish a relationship between these properties and the subsequent mechanical behaviour of adhesively bonded joints. To this end, specimens were subjected to three different types of plasma treatment: two short treatments (2min) of He and He plus O2, and one long treatment (15min) of He plus O2. The variation in surface energy of the composite specimens was examined in each case over a period of up to 3 days using contact angle measurements.… More >

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    Strength Failure Conditions of the Various Structural Materials: Is there some Common Basis existing?

    Ralf G. Cuntze1
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.3, No.2, pp. 87-106, 2007, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2007.003.087
    Abstract The paper deals with the application of phenomenological, invariant-based strength conditions (fracture failure) and their interrelationships. The conditions have been generated and are just applied here for a variety of materials. These might possess a dense or a porous consistency, and belong to brittle and ductile behaving isotropic materials, brittle unidirectional laminae and brittle woven fabrics. The derivation of the conditions was based on the author's so-called Failure Mode Concept (FMC) which basically builds up on the hypotheses of Beltrami and Mohr-Coulomb.
    Essential topics of the paper are: 'global fitting' versus 'failure mode fitting', a short derivation of the FMC,… More >

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    Meshless Method with Enriched Radial Basis Functions for Fracture Mechanics

    P.H. Wen1, M.H. Aliabadi2
    Structural Durability & Health Monitoring, Vol.3, No.2, pp. 107-120, 2007, DOI:10.3970/sdhm.2007.003.107
    Abstract In the last decade, meshless methods for solving differential equations have become a promising alternative to the finite element and boundary element methods. Based on the variation of potential energy, the element-free Galerkin method is developed on the basis of finite element method by the use of radial basis function interpolation. An enriched radial basis function is formulated to capture the stress singularity at the crack tip. The usual advantages of finite element method are retained in this method but now significant improvement of accuracy. Neither the connectivity of mesh in the domain by the finite element method or integrations… More >

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