J. Phys. IV France
Volume 110, September 2003
Page(s) 305 - 310

J. Phys. IV France
110 (2003) 305
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020711

Numerical simulation of dynamic TPB fracture test in a modified Hopkinson bar

J. Loya, J. Fernandez-Saez and C. Navarro

Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Carlos III University of Madrid Avda. de la Universidad 30, 28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain

Dynamic three point bending fracture tests performed in a modified Hopkinson Bar are used to obtain material fracture properties (such as the fracture-initiation toughness) at high strain rates. This work presents a three-dimensional numerical analysis of the aforementioned tests, performed by the Finite Element Method, implemented in the commercial code ABAQUS. The relationship between the Stress Intensity Factor and the Crack Mouth Opening Displacement was examined and compared with the bidinensional one, The results indicate that the use of 2D plane strain solutions can underestimate the fracture properties.

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