A new criterion for mixed mode fracture initiation based on the crack tip plastic core region

Shafique M.A. Khan, Marwan K. Khraisheh

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In this work, we propose a new criterion for mixed mode I-II crack initiation angles based on the characteristics of the plastic core region surrounding the crack tip. The shape and size of the plastic core region are thoroughly analyzed under different loading conditions and a new formulation for the non-dimensional variable radius of the core region is presented for mixed mode (KI-KII) fracture. The proposed criterion states that the crack extends in the direction of the local or global minimum of the plastic core region boundary depending on the resultant stress state at the crack tip. The results show a well-defined correlation between the plastic core region characteristics and crack extension angles predicted by other criteria. The proposed criterion is formulated for various loading conditions and is compared with other available criteria against the limited available experimental data. It is shown that the proposed criterion provides a better agreement with the experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-84
Number of pages30
JournalInternational Journal of Plasticity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004



  • A. Crack tip plasticity
  • A. Stress intensity factors
  • Mixed mode fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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