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Geometry Effects on Mode I Brittle Fracture in VO-Notched PMMA Specimens

Abstract: This paper gathers experimental and theoretical investigations about both the geometry-dependent fracture initiation angle and the fracture strength in VO-notched polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) specimens under mode I loading conditions. The numerical analyses revealed that despite the application of pure mode I loading on the geometrically symmetric VO-notched samples, the maximum tangential stress occurs at two points symmetrically placed on either side of the notch bisector line. The experimental tests performed on some specimens showed that a crack does not necessarily propagate along the notch bisector line. Stress-based theoretical studies were then carried out to justify the experimental findings. The conventional maximum tangential stress (MTS) criterion gave weak predictions of the fracture. Therefore, the predictions were checked with the generalized MTS (GMTS) criterion by taking into consideration the higher-order stress terms. It was demonstrated that the GMTS criterion predictions have satisfactory consistency with the experimental results of the crack initiation angle and the fracture strength.

 Fuente: Polymers 2021, 13(17), 3017

 Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 01/09/2021

 Nº de páginas: 19

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/polym13173017

 ISSN: 2073-4360