A critical assessment of crack growth criteria in unidirectional composites
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The problem examined is an infinite anisotropic layer with a through crack at arbitrary orientation, subjected to uniform in-plane remote loading. The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of several theoretical models for predicting the direction of crack propagation and the level of load causing crack extension, and to present a new model for predicting the critical load. The discussed models are particularly examined in detail with regard to the physical parameters affecting the results. Comparison is made with available experimental results. It is shown that the normal stress ratio theory provides good agreement with experimental crack growth direction, independent of physical parameters, and that the newly proposed traction ratio theory predicts well the critical load causing crack extension.
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