Dynamic decohesion of bimaterials: Experimental observations and failure criteria

J. Lambros, A. J. Rosakis

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Some results of high speed interferometric measurements on dynamically propagating interfacial cracks are presented. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA)/steel bimaterial specimens of the one-point bend type are used. They are impact loaded using either a drop weight tower device or a high speed gas gun. This results in two distinct groups of experiments at different loading rates. In all cases very high crack propagation speeds are seen. In gas gun experiments, terminal crack tip speeds of up to 1.5 CsPMMA, where CsPMMA is the shear wave speed of PMMA, are measured. In addition, high accelerations (≈107 g, where g is the acceleration of gravity) are observed and reported. Theoretically predicted near tip fields are used to extract experimental values of the dynamic complex stress intensity factor histories in each test. Using the fitted histories of the complex stress intensity factor, a dynamic crack growth criterion relating the energy release rate to phase angle and crack tip velocity is proposed and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2677-2685,2687-2702
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number17-18
StatePublished - Sep 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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