Finite element study of mode I crack opening effects in compression-loaded cracked cylinders

Michael Berer, Ivaylo Mitev, Gerald Gerhard Pinter

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Mode I crack opening effects in compression-loaded cracked cylinders were examined using finite element analysis. The situation ahead of the crack tip was characterized using linear elastic fracture mechanics in the form of the stress intensity factor (K) concept. Different cylinder dimensions in combination with different loads and crack radii (circular crack shapes were used) were investigated. By using the line load as normalization parameter for the K values, load independent K-curves (K as a function of the normalized crack length a/W) were obtained. The K-curves were compared for different cylinder dimensions to examine the scaling behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number15 April
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Mar 2017


  • Contour integral analysis
  • Finite element analysis
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Rolling contact
  • Stress intensity factor

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