International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 152, Issue 2, pp 63–74 | Cite as

Investigation of failure criteria for a sharp notch

  • D. H. Chen
  • S. Ozaki
Original Paper


In this study, a method of evaluating the static strength of a V-shaped notch based on the singular stress field at the notch tip is studied. The singular stress fields is defined by two parameters, \({K_{I, \lambda_1}}\) and \({K_{II,\lambda_2}}\) , which correspond to the intensities of symmetric stress field and the skew-symmetric field, respectively. Four kinds of fracture criteria are considered; two of them are based on the tensile strength σ B and the other two are based on the fracture toughness K IC . The usefulness of the criteria is investigated through the experimental results carried out on plane specimens of acrylic resin having a sharp notch for various notch configurations such as the opening angle, the inclined angle and the notch depth. It is shown that the criteria using stress intensity factor and the energy release rate not sensitive to the length of the virtual crack \({\varepsilon}\) .


Failure criterion Fracture mechanics Stress intensity factor Notch Stress concentration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan

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