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Stress Intensity Factors for a Crack Emanating Non-Radially From a Circular Hole Under Arbitrary Loading

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Simon C. F. Sheng

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC

Paper No. ICONE14-89019, pp. 1-6; 6 pages
  • 14th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • Volume 3: Structural Integrity; Nuclear Engineering Advances; Next Generation Systems; Near Term Deployment and Promotion of Nuclear Energy
  • Miami, Florida, USA, July 17–20, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4244-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3783-1
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Stress intensity factors are found for a crack emanating from a circular hole in an elastic solid which is in a state of plane deformation resulting from loads applied at infinity or pressure applied internally at the faces of the crack and the hole. The results, including Mode-I (opening) and Mode-II (shearing) stress intensity factors, are obtained numerically by means of a dislocation model which conveniently allows for general loading and, consequently, can easily handle the case where a crack emanates non-radially from a hole. Good agreement is found with published values for the special case when the crack is radial and the loading consists of remote tension and uniform pressure at the surface of the hole. Also included in the present paper are results for the case when both the hole and the crack are pressurized. Although the subject elastic solid is an infinite medium, the results of this paper serve as good estimates when the hole is relatively small in a finite component and is distant from the component edge. Since in most circumstances a real crack does not orient itself radially from a hole, this paper provides analysts information to decide whether Mode-II fracture needs to be considered in assessing the structural integrity of a component with a hole. Similarly, when the problem is 3-dimensional, the results of this paper imply that Mode-III (tearing) fracture may also need to be considered.

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