# Zeitschriftenveröffentlichungen

Horst, Th. ; Lauke, B. ; Heinrich, G.

The application of the configurational force approach in crack problems is often used in order to establish fracture criteria that are adapted to a specific material behaviour. The tangential component of the calculated vectorial quantity that acts at the crack tip is a generalisation of the conventional J-integral and can be interpreted as the energy release rate when the crack extends in this direction. However, the interpretation of nontangential components in the same way, and hence the interpretation of this vectorial quantity as the crack driving force, is not consistent with established kink criteria in the special case of linear elastic fracture mechanics.As a classical example, an in-plane loaded crack in a homogeneous isotropic linear elastic material is considered under the small strain assumption. Using the expansion of stress intensity factors at the extended crack tip, nontangential components of the configurational force can be interpreted as sensitivities to crack deflection. This perspective has the potential of generalisation which can be applied to more complex situations in order to study the interplay between mechanical fields in the vicinity of the crack tip and the microstructural influence within the process zone. (© 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

PAMM - Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

173-174

http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pamm.200610067

December 2006

**Application of configurational forces in the context of a kinked crack**The application of the configurational force approach in crack problems is often used in order to establish fracture criteria that are adapted to a specific material behaviour. The tangential component of the calculated vectorial quantity that acts at the crack tip is a generalisation of the conventional J-integral and can be interpreted as the energy release rate when the crack extends in this direction. However, the interpretation of nontangential components in the same way, and hence the interpretation of this vectorial quantity as the crack driving force, is not consistent with established kink criteria in the special case of linear elastic fracture mechanics.As a classical example, an in-plane loaded crack in a homogeneous isotropic linear elastic material is considered under the small strain assumption. Using the expansion of stress intensity factors at the extended crack tip, nontangential components of the configurational force can be interpreted as sensitivities to crack deflection. This perspective has the potential of generalisation which can be applied to more complex situations in order to study the interplay between mechanical fields in the vicinity of the crack tip and the microstructural influence within the process zone. (© 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

**Quelle**PAMM - Proceedings in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics

**6****Seiten**173-174

**DOI**http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pamm.200610067

**Erschienen am**December 2006