A general asymptotic plane strain crack tip stress field is constructed for linear versions of neo-Hookean materials, which spans a wide variety of special cases including incompressible Mooney elastomers, the compressible Blatz-Ko elastomer, several cases of the Ogden constitutive law and a new result for a compressible linear neo-Hookean material. The nominal stress field has dominant terms that have a square root singularity with respect to the distance of material points from the crack tip in the undeformed reference configuration. At second order, there is a uniform tension parallel to the crack. The associated displacement field in plane strain at leading order has dependence proportional to the square root of the same coordinate. The relationship between the amplitude of the crack tip singularity (a stress intensity factor) and the plane strain energy release rate is outlined for the general linear material, with simplified relationships presented for notable special cases.
Bibliographical noteDate of Acceptance: 06/07/2015
This work was commenced while RMM was supported by Laboratoire PPMD at ESPCI Paris Tech for a research visit, which is gratefully acknowledged. MRB gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Science Foundation, through Award CMII 1063714.
- Elastostatic plane strain
- neo - Hookean elastomer