Experimental investigation on possible dependence of plastic zone size on specimen geometry

S. K. Kudari, B. Maiti, K. K. Ray


In this investigation the extent of the plastic zone size ahead of a crack-tip in single edge notched tension (SENT), compact tension (CT) specimens has been examined experimentally by micro-hardness technique and by elastic-plastic finite element analyses at different applied load levels. The magnitudes of the plastic zone size (PZS), rp ahead of crack-tip in the investigated specimens have been compared using normalized J-integral (J/a?y, where, a-crack length and ?y-yield stress of the material). The results show the dependence of PZS on specimen geometry due to varied in-plane crack-tip constraint. The results also demonstrate that the existing analytical models do not explain the experimental results of PZS satisfactorily.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3221%2FIGF-ESIS.07.04