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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 4 (1981), Issue 1, Pages 165-180

The effect of couple-stresses on the stress concentration around a moving crack

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hachinohe Institute of Technology, Hachinohe 031, Japan

Received 20 March 1980

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The problem of a uniformly propagating finite crack in an infinite medium is solved within the linearized couple-stress theory. The self-equilibrated system of pressure is applied to the crack surfaces. The problem is reduced to dual integral equations and solved by a series-expansion method. The dynamic stress-intensity factor is computed numerically.