A path‐independent integral is introduced for calculating stress intensity factors. The derivation of the integral is based on the application of the known Bueckner's fundamental field solution for a crack in an infinite body and on the reciprocal theorem. The method was applied to two‐dimensional linear elastic mixed‐mode crack problems. The key advantage of the present path‐independent integral is that the stress intensity factor components for any irregular cracked geometry under any kind of loading can be easily obtained by a contour integral around the crack tip. The method is simple to implement and only the far field displacements and tractions along the contour must be known. The required stress analysis can be made by using any analytical or numerical method, e.g. the finite element method, without special consideration of the modelling of crack tip singularity. The application of this integral is also independent of the crack type, that is, there is no difference between an edge crack and an embedded crack, provided that the crack tip asymptotic behaviour exists.
|Journal||Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|