Development of an opening-tearing mode fracture system for composite materials
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of
Applied Mechanics, 1111
Budapest, Muegyetem rkp. 5,
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In this paper the mixed-mode I/III prestressed split-cantilever beam fracture specimen [1,2] is developed, which combines the mode-III modified split-cantilever beam  and the well-known double-cantilever beam  specimens using a special rig. The most important feature of the novel beam-like specimen is that it is able to provide any combinations of the mode-I and mode-III energy release rates. If only crack propagation onset is involved then the mixed-mode I/III prestressed split-cantilever beam specimen can be used to obtain the fracture criterion of transparent composite materials in the GI – GIII plane in a relatively simple way.
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