Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Analysis of Multiple Rigid-Line Inclusions for Application to Bio-Materials

[+] Author Affiliations
Pawan S. Pingle, James A. Sherwood

University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell, MA

Larissa Gorbatikh

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Paper No. IMECE2007-43440, pp. 801-807; 7 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 10: Mechanics of Solids and Structures, Parts A and B
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4304-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Hard biological materials such as nacre and enamel employ strong interactions between building blocks (mineral crystals) to achieve superior mechanical properties. The interactions are especially profound if building blocks have high aspect ratios and their bulk properties differ from properties of the matrix by several orders of magnitude. In the present work, a method is proposed to study interactions between multiple rigid-line inclusions with the goal to predict stress intensity factors. Rigid-line inclusions provide a good approximation of building blocks in hard biomaterials as they possess the above properties. The approach is based on the analytical method of analysis of multiple interacting cracks (Kachanov, 1987) and the duality existing between solutions for cracks and rigid-line inclusions (Ni and Nasser, 1996). Kachanov’s method is an approximate method that focuses on physical effects produced by crack interactions on stress intensity factors and material effective elastic properties. It is based on the superposition technique and the assumption that only average tractions on individual cracks contribute to the interaction effect. The duality principle states that displacement vector field for cracks and stress vector-potential field for anticracks are each other’s dual, in the sense that solution to the crack problem with prescribed tractions provides solution to the corresponding dual inclusion problem with prescribed displacement gradients. The latter allows us to modify the method for multiple cracks (that is based on approximation of tractions) into the method for multiple rigid-line inclusions (that is based on approximation of displacement gradients). This paper presents an analytical derivation of the proposed method and is applied to the special case of two collinear inclusions.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Biomaterials



Interactive Graphics


Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In