Effect range of the material constraint in different strength mismatched laboratory specimens

Dai, Yue and Yang, Jie and Chen, Haofeng (2020) Effect range of the material constraint in different strength mismatched laboratory specimens. Applied Sciences, 10 (7). 2434. ISSN 2076-3417

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    Abstract

    Different strength mismatched laboratory specimens that contain the compact tension (CT), single edge-notched tensile (SENT), and central-cracked tension (CCT) specimens with various specimen geometries, loading configurations, and initial cracks were selected to investigate the effect range of the material constraint systematically. The results showed that the effect range of material constraint exists in all the strength mismatched specimens and structures. The numerical value of the effect range is influenced by the geometry constraint. The high geometry constraint reduces the effect range of material constraint. When a material is located outside the effect range of material constraint, the fracture resistance curves and crack propagation paths of the specimens and structures are no longer influenced by the mechanical properties of the material. In addition, an interaction exists between the geometry constraint and material constraint. The high geometry constraint strengthens the effect of material constraint, whereas the fracture resistance curve and crack propagation path are insensitive to the material constraint under the low geometry constraint. The results in this study may provide scientific support for the structure integrity assessment and the design of strength mismatched structures.