Evaluation of crack growth direction criteria on mixed-mode fatigue crack growth experiments
Journal article, 2019

The predictive capabilities of different fatigue crack growth direction criteria in finite element simulations are investigated. Crack growth direction criteria based on stress intensity factors, energetic measures and kinematic (displacement) measures are evaluated for mixed-mode fatigue crack growth experiments in the literature. More specifically, the development of the experimentally found crack path is simulated numerically, and the directions from the different criteria are compared to the known crack path along the development of the fracture. The simulated experiments featured proportional and non-proportional loading. Of the evaluated criteria, those based on energetic and displacement measures are able to accurately capture the tensile-mode fatigue crack growth direction for all examined experiments. Furthermore, the displacement-based criterion is able to capture the direction of shear-mode crack growth as well as the transition from shear- to tensile-mode growth and the subsequent tensile-mode growth. Modeling the cyclic elastic plastic material response does not improve the accuracy of the predicted directions for the considered cases.

Finite element simulation

Fracture mechanics

Stable shear-mode

Non-proportional loading


Dimosthenis Floros

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Material and Computational Mechanics

Anders Ekberg

Chalmers, Mechanics and Maritime Sciences, Dynamics

Fredrik Larsson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Material and Computational Mechanics

International Journal of Fatigue

0142-1123 (ISSN)

Vol. 129 105075

Research into enhanced track and switch and crossing system 2 (In2Track-2)

European Commission (Horizon 2020), 2018-11-01 -- 2021-10-31.

Swedish Transport Administration, 2018-11-01 -- 2021-10-31.

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