MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 300, 2019ICMFF12 - 12th International Conference on Multiaxial Fatigue and Fracture
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|Published online||02 December 2019|
Mixed mode I/II/III fracture assessment of PMMA using a new test fixture
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Richard Birkelands vei 2b, 7491, Trondheim, Norway
Brittle and quasi-brittle fracture has been recognized as the main failure mechanism in various structural components. Due to complexity of the components’ geometry and loading condition, a combination of tensile, in-plane shear and out of plane shear loading results in final fracture of cracked components. Hence, it is important to evaluate the fracture behaviour of different materials under a mixed mode loading condition which is close to the real-life loading of the structural parts. In this paper, a new loading device for general mixed mode I/II/III fracture tests is designed and recommended. Finite element analyses are performed to study the fracture parameters of the test specimens under different mixed mode loading conditions. According to the numerical results, the designed loading fixture can generate a wide varieties of mode mixities from pure tensile mode to pure in-plane and out of plane shear modes. Fracture tests were performed on pre-cracked specimens made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) to check the accuracy of the proposed fixture. The proposed fixture was proved to be applicable for general mixed mode fracture evaluation of brittle materials.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2019
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