||A systematic investigation of T-stresses for a variety of center-cracked tension specimens
Lu, KaiMeshii, Toshiyuki
Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
81 , 2015-06 , Elsevier B.V.
In this work, a systematic investigation of three-dimensional (3D) T-stresses (T 11 and T 33 ) was conducted using detailed elastic finite element analysis (FEA). The interaction integral method was applied to extract the T-stress solutions. Standard CCT specimens with a thickness-to-width ratio of B/(2W) ≤ 0.0625 and a crack length-to-thickness ratio of 2a/B ≥ 8, as specified in ASTM E2472, were considered, and the cases of B/(2W) = 0.1 ~ 1.0 and 2a/B = 0.05 ~ 7 were also added. From the FEA results, it was found that both T 11 and T 33 at the specimen mid-plane showed significant changes with crack lengths and specimen thicknesses for those CCT configurations that satisfy ASTM E2472. Because both the in-plane and out-of-plane T-stresses were negative and showed large variations for all the considered CCT specimens which was true even for the CCT specimens complying with the ASTM E2472 standard, it was noted that these CCT specimens that complying with the standard might show the test specimen size effect (including the crack length and specimen thickness effect) on the fracture toughness if tested.