Influence of fracture criteria on dynamic fracture propagation in a discrete chain

Nikolai Gorbushin, Gennaro Vitucci, Grigory Volkov, Gennady Mishuris

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The extent to which time-dependent fracture criteria affect the dynamic behavior of fracture in a discrete structure is discussed in this work. The simplest case of a semi-infinite isotropic chain of oscillators has been studied. Two history-dependent criteria are compared to the classical one of threshold elongation for linear bonds. The results show that steady-state regimes can be reached in the low subsonic crack speed range where it is impossible according to the classical criterion. Repercussions in terms of load and crack opening versus velocity are explained in detail. A strong qualitative influence of history-dependent criteria is observed at low subsonic crack velocities, especially in relation to achievable steady-state propagation regimes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2017


  • dynamic fracture
  • fracture criteria
  • discrete chain
  • incubation time
  • Tuler-Butcher


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