Rectangular Strain-Rosette Method for Measuring the Mode I Stress-Intensity Factor KI and T-stress

A. Hamdi, N. Benseddiq, F. Mejni


In this paper, a new experimental technique for measuring Stress Intensity Factor (SIF) and T-stress under mode I loading is developed. The expressions of the normal and tangential strains close to the crack tip are given using the first five terms of the generalized Westergaard formulation. In order to accurately determine the SIF and T-stress, the method exploits the optimal positioning of a rectangular strain gage rosette near a crack tip in mode I. Thus, errors due to the higher order terms of the asymptotic expansion are eliminated. Finally, a comparison of the analytical results with a finite element calculations, for different specimen dimensions, is carried out.


fracture toughness; stress intensity factor; t-stress; strain gage; finite element method

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