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Steel and Composite Structures
  Volume 39, Number 6, June25 2021 , pages 765-779

Mixed mode I/II fracture criterion to anticipate cracked composite materials based on a reinforced kinked crack along maximum shear stress path
Sadra Shahsavar, Mahdi Fakoor and Filippo Berto

    In this paper, a fracture criterion for predicting the failure of the cracked composite specimens under mixed mode I/II loading is provided. Various tests performed on composite components reveal that cracks always grow along the fibers in the isotropic media. Using a new material model called reinforcement isotropic solid (RIS) concept, it is possible to extend the isotropic mixed mode fracture criteria into composite materials. In the proposed criterion, maximum shear stress (MSS) theory which is widely used for failure investigation of un-cracked isotropic materials will be extended to composite materials in combination with RIS concept. In the present study, cracks are oriented along the fibers in the isotropic material. It is assumed that at the onset of fracture, crack growth will be in a path where the shear stress has the highest value according to the MSS criterion. Investigating the results of this criterion and comparing with the available experimental data, it is shown that, both the crack propagation path and the moment of crack growth are well predicted. Available mixed mode I/II fracture data of various wood species are used to evaluate and verify the theoretical results.
Key Words
    extended maximum shear stress path; fracture criterion; mixed mode I/II loading; composite materials; reinforcement isotropic solid model; RIS concept; crack growth
Sadra Shahsavar and Mahdi Fakoor: Faculty of New Sciences and Technologies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Filippo Berto: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

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