Path (un)predictability of two interacting cracks in polycarbonate sheets using Digital Image Correlation
Author(s)Koivisto, J.; Alava, M. J.; Santucci, S.; Dalbe, Marie Julie Elise
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Crack propagation is tracked here with Digital Image Correlation analysis in the test case of two cracks propagating in opposite directions in polycarbonate, a material with high ductility and a large Fracture Process Zone (FPZ). Depending on the initial distances between the two crack tips, one may observe different complex crack paths with in particular a regime where the two cracks repel each other prior to being attracted. We show by strain field analysis how this can be understood according to the principle of local symmetry: the propagation is to the direction where the local shear - mode K[subscript II] in fracture mechanics language - is zero. Thus the interactions exhibited by the cracks arise from symmetry, from the initial geometry, and from the material properties which induce the FPZ. This complexity makes any long-range prediction of the path(s) impossible.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Koivisto, J. et al. “Path (Un)predictability of Two Interacting Cracks in Polycarbonate Sheets Using Digital Image Correlation.” Scientific Reports 6 (2016): 32278.
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