Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 349–361

Dynamic photoelastic studies of fracture

Dynamic photoelasticity is applied to characterize the behavior of cracks propagating in polymers and a metal with an⇘-K relation
  • James W. Dally
The William M. Murray lecture, 1979

DOI: 10.1007/BF02324250

Cite this article as:
Dally, J.W. Experimental Mechanics (1979) 19: 349. doi:10.1007/BF02324250


Dynamic characterization of brittle fracture is possible by relating the instantaneous stress-intensity factorK(t) to the velocity of propagation of the crack. High-speed photographic systems are employed with photoelastic methods to obtain a sequence of isochromatic-fringe patterns representing the state of stress associated with the propagating crack. Methods for determiningK(t) from these isochromatic patterns are reviewed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Dally
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  1. 1.College of EngineeringUniversity of Rhode IslandKingston