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Fracture of random short-fiber SMC composite under shear loading

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The fracture behavior of a random short-fiber SMC composite subjected to pure-shear (mode-II) loading is investigated. In the experimental phase of the study, a unique pure-shear fracture test is devised to evaluate the shear-fracture toughness of the composite. In the theoretical part of the study, a mechanics analysis based on fracture mechanics concepts and conservation laws of elasticity is used to determine the critical mode-II stress intensification and the associated strain energy release rate at shear failure. The in-plane shear-mode fracture toughnessK IIQ is found to be much lower than the opening-mode fracture toughnessK IQ of the composite. The fundamental mechanics and mechanisms of the shear fracture in theSMC material are discussed.


on étudie le comportement à la rupture d'un composite SMC à fibres courtes réparties au hasard soumis une sollicitation de cisaillement pur (mode II). Au cours de la phase expérimentale de l'étude, on a mis au point un essai original de rupture en cisaillement pur pour évaluer la ténacité à la rupture par cisaillement du composite. Dans la partie théorique, on utilise une analyse mécanique basée sur les concepts de mécanique de rupture et sur les lois de conservation de l'élasticité, pour déterminer l'intensité critique de contraintes de mode II et le taux correspondant de relaxation de l'énergie de déformation lors de la rupture par cisaillement.

On trouve que la ténacité à la rupture par cisaillement dans le plan, KIIQ, est beaucoup plus faible que la ténacité à la rupture par ouverture, KIQ. On discute les aspects fondamentaux de mécanique et de mécanisme de rupture par cisaillement dans un matériau composite SMC.

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Wang, S.S., Goetz, D.P. & Corten, H.T. Fracture of random short-fiber SMC composite under shear loading. Int J Fract 26, 215–227 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01140629

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  • Energy Release Rate
  • Shear Fracture
  • Shear Failure
  • Shear Loading
  • Fracture Test