APPLICATION OF A NOVEL UNIFIED PARAMETER ON CHARACTERIZING IN-PLANE AND OUT-OF-PLANE CRACK-TIP CONSTRAINTS FOR AL7075 T651 SEN(B) SPECIMENS
Zeng ChenGrand Ballroom A
Crack-tip constraint can have a significant effect on fracture toughness. A loss of crack-tip constraint can cause an increase in fracture toughness. In this paper, a novel unified constraint parameter λ based on the plastic strain energy was proposed to quantify the crack-tip constraint level. The application of this parameter for assessing the in-plane and out-of-plane constraints of Al7075 T651 alloy SEN(B) specimens was investigated with a series of fracture bending experiments and numerical modelling.