Study of Crack Interaction Effects Under Thermal Loading by Digital Photoelasticity and Finite Elements

  • A. Vivekanandan
  • K. RameshEmail author
Research paper


The effect of an interacting internal crack on the edge crack in a transient thermal stress field is evaluated using digital photothermoelastic experiments and finite element (FE) analysis. Initially, a transient thermal stress field is simulated using FE analysis for which the thermal boundary conditions are set based on the experimental isochromatic fringes. In this simulated thermal stress field, single edge crack with and without an internal short crack interacting at different configurations are modeled and the non-dimensional Stress Intensity Factor (SIF) values are evaluated at different time intervals. It is observed that the asymmetric and collinear configurations tend to increase the SIF of the edge crack whereas a parallel crack tends to decrease the SIF of the edge crack. For experimental evaluation, specimens with a single edge crack and asymmetric configuration of interacting cracks are considered and the non-dimensional SIF values are evaluated under a thermal stress field generated by edge heating and cooling. The results are compared with those obtained using the FE analysis.


Photothermoelasticity Stress intensity factor Transient thermal stress field Interacting crack 



The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Tarkes Dora Pallicity, Post-Doctoral Fellow in GRK 2078, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe and formerly a member of our group for his help in FE simulations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied MechanicsIIT MadrasChennaiIndia

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