International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 142, Issue 1–2, pp 103–117 | Cite as

Shielding and amplification of a penny-shape crack due to the presence of dislocations

  • I. N. Mastorakos
  • H. M. Zbib
Original Paper


The interaction between a penny-shape crack and a dislocation in crystalline materials is investigated within the framework of dislocation dynamics. The long-range and singular stress field resulting from the crack is determined by modeling the crack as continuous distribution of dislocation loops. This distribution is determined by satisfying the traction boundary condition at the crack face, resulting into a singular integral equation of the first kind that is solved numerically. This crack model is integrated with the dislocation dynamics simulation technique to yield the stress field of the combine system of crack and different types of dislocations situated at different positions in a three dimensional space. The integrated system is then used to investigate the dislocation behavior and its influence on the crack opening displacement and the characteristic of the stress field near the crack tip. It is shown that, depending on the relative position of the dislocation and its character, the dislocation may result in reduction in the stress amplitude at the crack tip and in some cases in closure of the crack tip. These analyses yield shielding and amplification zones near the crack providing an insight of the dislocation influence on the crack. The full dislocation dynamic analysis reveals the nature of the crack dislocation interaction and the manner in which the dislocation morphology changes as it is attracted to the crack surfaces, as well as the changes it causes to the crack profile.


Penny-shape crack Discrete dislocation dynamics Crack shielding and amplification 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical and Materials EngineeringWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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