The resistance curve for subcritical cracks near the threshold
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Thermodynamic analysis of brittle fracture specimens near the threshold developed by Rice (Thermodynamics of quasi-static growth of Griffith cracks, J Mech Phys Solid 26:61–78, 1978) is extended to specimens undergoing microstructural changes. The proposed extension gives rise to a generalization of the threshold concept that mirrors the way the resistance curve generalizes the fracture toughness. In the absence of experimental data, the resistance curve near the threshold is constructed using a basic lattice model.
KeywordsSub-critical crack growth Threshold Resistance curve
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