An approximate solution for the inverted four-point bending test in symmetric specimens

Ilaria Monetto, Roberta Massabò
2019 Procedia Structural Integrity  
An approximate solution is derived for the interfacial energy release rate of the inverted four-point bending test. The analysis builds on a previous model developed by one of the authors for an orthotropic edge-cracked layer subject to arbitrary generalized end forces. Contact forces exerted from the upper on the lower layer of the edge-cracked portion behind the delamination tip are introduced. Their value is chosen such that the two layers undergo the same deflection. The effects of both
more » ... effects of both shear deformations along the layers and friction at the point of contact are taken into account within beam theories and approximate Coulomb model with a prescribed friction coefficient. The delamination energy release rate is derived for homogeneous and symmetric specimens. A parametric analysis is performed on varying the mechanical parameters of the model to analize the influence of shear deformations and friction. The results show that both shear deformations and friction affect the value of the energy release rate for short/intermediate interfacial cracks. For very long interfacial cracks the delamination energy release rate tends to a constant limit value which corresponds to that obtained within classical Euler-Bernoulli beam theory in absence of friction. Abstract An approximate solution is derived for the interfacial energy release rate of the inverted four-point bending test. The analysis builds on a previous model developed by one of the authors for an orthotropic edge-cracked layer subject to arbitrary generalized end forces. Contact forces exerted from the upper on the lower layer of the edge-cracked portion behind the delamination tip are introduced. Their value is chosen such that the two layers undergo the same deflection. The effects of both shear deformations along the layers and friction at the point of contact are taken into account within beam theories and approximate Coulomb model with a prescribed friction coefficient. The delamination energy release rate is derived for homogeneous and symmetric specimens. A parametric analysis is performed on varying the mechanical parameters of the model to analize the influence of shear deformations and friction. The results show that both shear deformations and friction affect the value of the energy release rate for short/intermediate interfacial cracks. For very long interfacial cracks the delamination energy release rate tends to a constant limit value which corresponds to that obtained within classical Euler-Bernoulli beam theory in absence of friction.
doi:10.1016/j.prostr.2019.08.213 fatcat:ajxbmqbl5nefdnldsfwdkmjx5m