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`International Journal of Computational MathematicsVolume 2014, Article ID 358617, 9 pageshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/358617`
Research Article

Plane Elastostatic Solution in an Infinite Functionally Graded Layer Weakened by a Crack Lying in the Middle of the Layer

1Department of Mathematics, Hooghly Engineering & Technology College, Hooghly, West Bengal 712 103, India
2Department of Mathematics, Gobardanga Hindu College, 24 Parganas (North), West Bengal 743 273, India
3Makhla Debiswari Vidyaniketan, Hooghly, West Bengal 712 245, India
4Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Calcutta, 92 A. P. C. Road, Kolkata 700 009, India

Received 17 June 2014; Revised 6 November 2014; Accepted 14 November 2014; Published 25 November 2014

Copyright © 2014 R. Patra et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper is concerned with an internal crack problem in an infinite functionally graded elastic layer. The crack is opened by an internal uniform pressure along its surface. The layer surfaces are supposed to be acted on by symmetrically applied concentrated forces of magnitude with respect to the centre of the crack. The applied concentrated force may be compressive or tensile in nature. Elastic parameters λ and μ are assumed to vary along the normal to the plane of crack. The problem is solved by using integral transform technique. The solution of the problem has been reduced to the solution of a Cauchy-type singular integral equation, which requires numerical treatment. The stress-intensity factors and the crack opening displacements are determined and the effects of graded parameters on them are shown graphically.

1. Introduction

The study relating the behaviour of elastic material under applied load needs special attention and care when the elastic body develops a crack in it. It is obvious that the presence of a crack in a structure not only affects the stress distribution but also drastically reduces the life span of the structure. Propagation of elastic disturbance in a solid is also disturbed by the presence of a crack. But cracks are present essentially in all structural materials, either as natural defects or as a result of fabrication processes. Stress distribution in a body which develops a crack in it is entirely different from that in a body without a crack. In literature, considerable effort has been devoted to the study of cracks in solids, due to their applications in industry in general and in fabrication of electronic components in particular.

Presence of a crack in a solid significantly affects its response to the applied load. Stress distributions in the solid with a crack are studied in two regions: the region in the neighbourhood of crack, called the near field region, and the region far away from the crack, called the far field region. Study of stress distribution in the near field region is very important. Stress-intensity factor, crack energy, and so forth are some of the quantities responsible for spreading of a crack. For a solid with a crack in it loaded mechanically or thermally, determination of stress-intensity factor (SIF) becomes a very important topic in fracture mechanics. The SIF is a parameter that gives a measure of stress concentration around cracks and defects in a solid. SIF needs to be understood if we are to design fracture tolerant materials used in bridges, buildings, aircraft, or even bells. A crack detected on the surface of a body can not be removed just by polishing. Typically for most materials whenever a crack develops in the solid, the solid is very close to the critical state of stress predicted by the SIF.

With increasingly wide application of functionally graded materials in practical engineering, the study of crack problems in functionally graded media has received much interest. Functionally graded materials (FGMs) [1, 2] can usually be viewed as special inhomogeneous materials whose properties vary gradually with location within the body. In FGMs, due to the continuous change of material properties in space, the absence of interfaces between different constituents or phases largely reduces the degree of material property mismatch and brings appealing physical behaviors superior to homogeneous and conventional materials. For example, for the classic ceramic/metal FGMs, the ceramic phase offers thermal barrier effects and protects the metal from corrosion and oxidation, and the FGM is toughened and strengthened by the metallic constituent. FGMs formed by appropriately combining two or more materials in a perfectly designed manner can be more resistant to crack initiation and propagation. FGMs have potential applications in automotive brakes and clutches. FGMs offer great promise in applications where the operating conditions are severe: for example, as wear-resistant linings for handling large heavy abrasive ore particles, rocket heat shields, heat exchanger tubes, thermoelectric generators, and so forth. Because of enormous application of FGMs in industry and in various engineering designs like aerospace, submarine structures, civil engineering structures, and so forth the study of these material structures has been of increasing interest to scientists and engineers. Thus the study of solid mechanics problems should not be restricted to the isotropic and homogeneous elastic medium only, it should be extended to much more applicable fields and materials.

Crack problem in isotropic elastic medium has been extensively studied in literature following classical theory. A comprehensive list of work on crack problems by earlier investigators has been provided in Chaudhuri and Ray [3], Ozturk and Erdogan [4], Yong and Hanson [5], Fabrikant et al. [6], Fabrikant [7], Dag and Erdogan [8], Sherief and El-Maghraby [9], Birinci et al. [10], Barik et al. [11, 12], Chen et al. [13], Zhao et al. [14], Matysiak and Pauk [15], Lee [16], Gupta and Erdogan [17], and Matbuly [18].

The present investigation aims at finding the elastostatic solution in an infinite functionally graded layer weakened by an internal crack. Following the integral transform technique the problem has been reduced to a problem of Cauchy-type singular integral equation, which has been solved numerically. Numerical computations have been done to assess the effects of graded parameter considered in the problem on various subjects of interest and the results have been shown graphically.

2. Formulation of the Problem

We consider an infinitely long functionally graded layer of thickness weakened by the presence of an internal crack of length , which is opened by a uniform internal pressure along its surface. The layer is subjected to two different types of loadings on its surfaces in a direction perpendicular to its length: (i) a symmetric pair of compressive concentrated normal loads and (ii) a symmetric pair of tensile concentrated normal loads (Figures 1(a) and 1(b)). The gravitational force has not been taken into consideration. The problem is formulated in Cartesian coordinate system in which crack lies along -axis with origin at the centre of the crack. In deriving analytical solution in the present study the elastic parameters and have been assumed to vary exponentially in the direction perpendicular to the plane of crack; that is, where and are the elastic parameters in the homogeneous medium and is the nonhomogeneity parameter controlling the variation of the elastic parameters in the graded medium. The strain displacement relations, linear stress-strain relations, and equations of equilibrium are, respectively, given by where and is Poisson’s ratio. The present problem is equivalent to the following mathematical problem with the following.

Figure 1: Geometry of the problem.

(i) Equilibrium Equations. Consider

(ii) The Boundary Conditions. Consider where and are the and components of the displacement vector; , , are the normal and sharing stress components; is an unknown function; and is the Dirac delta function. In (9) positive sign indicates tensile force while negative sign corresponds to compressive force.

3. Method of Solution

First of all we observe that, due to symmetry of the crack location with respect to the layer, nature of the graded parameter and also of the applied load with respect to the crack, it is sufficient to consider solution of the problem in the regions and . To solve the partial differential equations (6), the Fourier transform is applied to the equations with respect to the variable .

Utilizing the symmetry condition the displacement components , may be written as where and are Fourier transforms of and , respectively, with respect to the coordinate and is the transformed parameter.

Substituting and from (12) into the equations of equilibrium (6) we obtain the differential equation for the determination of The solution of this equation is of the form where are constants to be determined from the boundary conditions and , , , are the four complex roots of two biquadratic equation The function can then be determined as It follows from (15) that where , denote the respective complex conjugates of , . In (16), the known functions may be expressed as follows: Substituting (12) into (2) and (3) and utilizing (14) and (16) we obtain From the boundary conditions (7)–(10), the unknown constants can be found out from the following linear algebraic system of equations: where Equation (22) yields where is the determinant and is the subdeterminant (corresponding to the elimination of the th row and th column) of the coefficient matrix in (22).

Substituting the values of into (20) and utilizing the boundary condition (11) we get the following singular integral equation: where The kernels and are bounded and continuous in the closed interval . The integral equation (25) must be solved under the following single-valuedness condition: Before further proceeding it will be convenient to introduce nondimensional variables and by rescaling all lengths in the problems by length scale : In terms of nondimensional variables the integral equation (25) and single valuedness condition (27) become where , and is the load ratio defined as

4. Solution of Integral Equations

The singular integral equation (30) is a Cauchy-type singular integral equation for an unknown function . For the evaluation of displacement and stress components it is necessary to solve the integral equation (30) for the unknown function . Expressing now the solution of (30) in the form where is a regular and bounded unknown function and using the Gauss-Chebyshev formula (Erdogan and Gupta [19]) to evaluate the integral equation (30), we obtain where and are given by We observe that, corresponding to collocation points , (35) represent a set of linear equations in unknowns . This linear algebraic system of equations is solved numerically by utilizing Gaussian elimination method.

5. Determination of Stress-Intensity Factor

Presence of a crack in a solid significantly affects the stress distribution compared to that when there is no crack. While the stress distribution in a solid with a crack in the region far away from the crack is not much disturbed, the stresses in the neighbourhood of the crack tip assume a very high magnitude. In order to predict whether the crack has a tendency to expand further, the stress-intensity factor (SIF), a quantity of physical interest, has been defined in fracture mechanics. The load at which failure occurs is referred to as the fracture strength. The stress-intensity factor is defined as where is normal stress in terms of nondimensional variables.

Using (29) and (25) and after some manipulation, the expression for is obtained as where can be found out from using the interpolation formulas given by Krenk [20].

Following the method as in Gupta and Erdogan [17] we obtain the crack surface displacement in the form Using (28) and (29) into (39), we can express the dimensionless normal displacement as which can be obtained numerically, using Simpson’s integration formula and the appropriate interpolation formula.

6. Numerical Results and Discussions

The present study is related to the study of an internal crack problem in an infinite functionally graded elastic layer. The main objective of the present discussion is to study the effects of graded parameters as well as of different applied loads on stress-intensity factor and crack opening displacement. The elastic moduli and have been assumed to be position dependent ((1) in Section 2). The presence of the graded parameters in FGMs makes the governing differential equations more complex to get a complete analytical solution. Solution of the problem can be obtained using numerical methods. Following the standard numerical method described in Section 4, the normal displacement component and the stress-intensity factor are computed and shown graphically.

The variation of normalized stress-intensity factor (NSIF) with crack length is shown in Figure 2 for both the cases of two symmetric transverse pairs of compressive and tensile concentrated forces. It is observed from Figure 2(a) that for compressive concentrated forces the NSIF decreases with the increase of the load ratio , and the increase of is quite significant for smaller values of . It is also observed from Figure 2(a) that the load ratio is not of much effect on when the crack length is sufficiently small. Contrary to this, in Figure 2(b), where the force is of tensile nature, increases with . For small crack length, the behaviour of is similar to the case of compressive concentrated load. In Figure 3 NSIF experiences the effect of graded parameter for fixed load ratio . It is observed that in both compressive and tensile load conditions increases with graded parameter near the centre of the crack, while the effect is opposite far away from the centre of the crack. Figure 4 displays the variation of for different position of loading. It is noted that, in the case of compressive concentrated forces, increases with increasing , but it decreases in the case of tensile concentrated forces.

Figure 2: (a) Variation of normalized stress-intensity factor with for different loads in the case of compressive concentrated forces (, , and ). (b) Variation of normalized stress-intensity factor with for different loads in the case of tensile forces (, , and ).
Figure 3: (a) Effect of graded parameter on normalized stress-intensity factor in the case of compressive forces (, , and ). (b) Effect of graded parameter on normalized stress-intensity factor in the case of tensile forces (, , and ).
Figure 4: (a) Variation of normalized stress-intensity factor for different values in the case of compressive forces (, , and ). (b) Variation of normalized stress-intensity factor for different values of in the case of tensile forces (, , and ).

Figure 5: (a) Variation of normalized crack surface displacement for different load ratios in the case of compressive forces (, , , and ). (b) Variation of normalized crack surface displacement for different load ratios in the case of tensile forces (, , , and ).
Figure 6: (a) Effect of graded parameter on normalized crack surface displacement in the case of compressive forces (, , , and ). (b) Effect of graded parameter on normalized crack surface displacement in the case of tensile forces (, , , and ).
Figure 7: (a) Variation of normalized crack surface displacement for various values of in the case of compressive forces (, , , and ). (b) Variation of normalized crack surface displacement for various values of in the case of tensile forces (, , , and ).

An important observation may be available from Figure 2(a), under the compressive load condition. We observe that, in this case, the layer with a crack in it is under two types of loadings. The compressive load of total magnitude at the surfaces and a force of magnitude uniformly distributed on the crack surfaces and oppositely directed to the load . Clearly, the load ratio having its value >1 indicates that compressive load is greater than the crack opening load. This physically means that there is very little chance of crack expansion for sufficiently large value of . In other words, the SIF at the crack tip will be zero for some value of and also for some crack length. The corresponding crack length for that value of represents the critical crack length. From Figure 2(a), if , the critical crack length is approximately 1.1.

7. General Conclusion

The present discussion relating to the study of the behavior of a layer of functionally graded material with a crack in it and under the action of compressive or tensile forces on its surfaces provides the following observations.

The behavioral patterns in homogeneous and nonhomogeneous materials of the type depicted in (1) have almost been of the same nature, the only difference being in their magnitudes and variations in slopes. The SIF becomes zero for a particular type of compressive loading yielding a critical crack length. This observation is expected from physical point of view.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgments

One of the authors, Sakti Pada Barik, is thankful to University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for providing financial assistance under the minor research project scheme. The authors also sincerely thank the reviewers for their valuable comments.

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