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A Global Limit Load Solution for Plates With Embedded Elliptical Cracks Under Combined Tension and Bending

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Rongsheng Li, Zhiming Fang, Lihua Liang, Zengliang Gao, Yuebao Lei

Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Paper No. PVP2008-61878, pp. 53-57; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications and Components
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4830-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3828-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


A global limit load solution is obtained in this paper for an embedded elliptical crack in a plate under combined tension and bending, based on the net-section collapse principle. The limit load solution is compared with three-dimension finite (3-D) element analysis limit load solution and the global limit load solution of a plate with an embedded rectangular crack. The limit load solution developed in this paper is conservative and close to the elastic-perfectly-plastic FE solutions. It is suitable for the estimation of the limit load. By comparison, it can be observed that the limit load of an embedded elliptical crack is larger than that of a rectangular crack. The difference between limit loads of these two cracks is negligible as the ratio of the depth to length of the crack is close to zero, however, the difference gets distinct as the ratio increases. The rectangular solutions are accurate enough as the ratio is less than 0.5 in engineering applications, and the elliptical solutions are more appropriate to the calculated limit load when the ratio is larger than 0.5.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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