International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 205, Issue 2, pp 239–254 | Cite as

Specimen geometry and specimen size dependence of the \({\mathcal {R}}\)-curve and the size effect law from a cohesive model point of view

  • Adrián Ortega
  • Pere Maimí
  • Emilio V. González
  • Daniel Trias
Original Paper


An analytic model has been developed for a Compact Tension specimen subjected to a controlled displacement and corresponding load within a cohesive model framework. The model is able to capture the material response while the Fracture Process Zone is being developed, obtaining the evolution of multiple variables such as the crack opening and the cohesive stresses, for an arbitrary Cohesive Law shape. The crack growth prediction based on the \({\mathcal {R}}\)-curve and the nominal strength prediction based on Bažant’s Size Effect Law have been implemented using the output variables available from the proposed analytic model. The minimum specimen size has been found in order to properly apply \({\mathcal {R}}\)-curve based methods. The study has concluded that only the cohesive model is able to properly capture the changes of the Specimen Geometry and Specimen Size, as unlike in other theories, no Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics assumptions are made.


R-curves Cohesive zone modelling J-integral Bridging Crack growth 



This work has been partially funded by the Spanish Government through the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, under contracts MAT2013-46749-R (subprogram MAT) and MAT2015-69491-C3-1-R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AMADE, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Construction DepartmentUniversitat de GironaGironaSpain

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