Measurement of crack opening displacement and energy release hate at bifurcation of fast propagating cracks

Shinichi Suzuki, Kenichi Sakaue, Takahisa Mizuta, Yasutoshi Sasaki

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High speed holographic microscopy is applied to take three successive photographs of fast propagating.cracks at the moment of bifurcation. The cracks are propagated in PMMA plate specimens at a speed of about 660 m/s. From the photographs, crack opening displacement (COD) is measured along the cracks as a function of distance r from the crack tips. The measurement results show that the CODs are proportional to √r before bifurcation. After bifurcation, the COD, of mother cracks are proportional to √r, however, those of bifurcated cracks are not always proportional to √r. The energy release rate is obtained from the COD data, and is found to be continuous across the bifurcation point. The continuity of the energy release rate is explained through the fact that the bifurcated cracks appear as three dimensional cracks, not as through cracks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2010-2017
Number of pages8
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, A Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part A
Issue number664
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Brink-fracture
  • Crack bifurcation
  • Crack opening displacement
  • Experimental stress analyses
  • Fracture mechanics
  • High polymer materials
  • Knergy release rate
  • Optical measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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