International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 70, Issue 3, pp 203–216 | Cite as

Effect of electric field on fracture of piezoelectric ceramics

  • S. B. Park
  • C. T. Sun


Closed form solutions for all three modes of fracture for an infinite piezoelectric medium containing a center crack subjected to a combined mechanical and electrical loading were obtained. The explicit mechanical and electrical fields near the crack tip were derived, from which the strain energy release rate and the total potential energy release rate were obtained by using the crack closure integral. The suitability in using the stress intensity factor, the total energy release rate, or the mechanical strain energy release rate as the fracture criterion was discussed.


Stress Intensity Factor Closed Form Solution Energy Release Rate Fracture Criterion Crack Closure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. B. Park
    • 1
  • C. T. Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Aeronautics and AstronauticsPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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