International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 153–177 | Cite as

Asymptotic analysis of a cohesive crack: 1. Theoretical background

  • J. Planas
  • M. Elices


A method to analyze the evolution of a cohesive crack, particularly appropriate for asymptotic analysis, is presented. Detailed descriptions of the zeroth order and first order asymptotic approaches are given and from these results the far field equivalent elastic crack theorem is derived. An analytically soluble example, the Griffith crack, and a simple model, the Dugdale model, are used to exemplify the results.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Planas
    • 1
  • M. Elices
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Escuela de Ingenieros de CaminosUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain

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