International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 113, Issue 4, pp 309–326 | Cite as

Crack-tip fields in anisotropic shells

  • F.G. Yuan
  • S. Yang


Asymptotic crack-tip fields including the effect of transverse shear deformation in an anisotropic shell are presented. The material anisotropy is defined here as a monoclinic material with a plane symmetry at x3=0. In general, the shell geometry near the local crack tip region can be considered as a shallow shell. Based on Reissner shallow shell theory, an asymptotic analysis is conducted in this local area. It can be verified that, up to the second order of the crack tip fields in anisotropic shells, the governing equations for bending, transverse shear and membrane deformation are mutually uncoupled. The forms of the solution for the first two terms are identical to those given by respectively the plane stress deformation and the antiplane deformation of anisotropic elasticity. Thus Stroh formalism can be used to characterize the crack tip fields in shells up to the second term and the energy release rate can be expressed in a very compact form in terms of stress intensity factors and Barnett–Lothe tensor L. The first two order terms of the crack-tip stress and displacement fields are derived. Several methods are proposed to determine the stress intensity factors and `T-stresses'. Three numerical examples of two circular cylindrical panels and a circular cylinder under symmetrical loading have demonstrated the validity of the approach.

Asymptotic crack-tip fields anisotropic shells energy release rate Reissner shallow shell theory stress intensity factor Stroh formalism T-stress. 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F.G. Yuan
    • 1
  • S. Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighU.S.A

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