International Journal of Fracture (INT J FRACTURE)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

The International Journal of Fracture is an outlet for original analytical numerical and experimental contributions which provide improved understanding of the mechanisms of micro and macro fracture in all materials and their engineering implications. The Journal is pleased to receive papers from engineers and scientists working in various aspects of fracture. Contributions emphasizing empirical correlations unanalyzed experimental results or routine numerical computations while representing important necessary aspects of certain fatigue strength and fracture analyses will normally be discouraged; occasional review papers in these as well as other areas are welcomed. Innovative and in-depth engineering applications of fracture theory are also encouraged. In addition the Journal welcomes for rapid publication concise Letters in Fracture and Micromechanics which serve the Journal 's Objective. Letters include: Brief presentation of a new idea concept or method; new experimental observations or methods of significance; short notes of quality that do not amount to full length papers; discussion of previously published work in the Journal and Letters Errata.

Current impact factor: 1.57

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 1.566
2013 Impact Factor 1.348
2012 Impact Factor 1.25
2011 Impact Factor 1.485
2010 Impact Factor 1.043
2009 Impact Factor 0.804
2008 Impact Factor 1.147
2007 Impact Factor 1.003
2006 Impact Factor 0.685
2005 Impact Factor 0.705
2004 Impact Factor 0.95
2003 Impact Factor 1.008
2002 Impact Factor 0.797
2001 Impact Factor 0.767
2000 Impact Factor 0.531
1999 Impact Factor 0.612
1998 Impact Factor 0.443
1997 Impact Factor 0.398
1996 Impact Factor 0.529
1995 Impact Factor 0.603
1994 Impact Factor 0.548
1993 Impact Factor 0.541
1992 Impact Factor 0.642

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.83
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.32
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.80
Website International Journal of Fracture website
Other titles International journal of fracture, Fracture
ISSN 0376-9429
OCLC 1771045
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Springer Verlag

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Publications in this journal

  • Li Longbiao

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    ABSTRACT: We investigate deformation and failure of Al 6061-T6 at low triaxiality conditions through in situ scanning electron microscopy. The global behavior of the specimen, as well as the local deformations of the matrix material, second phase particles, and preexisting voids, are observed with a combination of high temporal/low spatial resolution images and low temporal/high spatial resolution images. It is found that the matrix dominates the deformation response, with the second phase particles and voids imparting little influence on the deformation. Tracking of second phase particles is used to determine the local strain fields averaged over a suitable gage length and to correlate to the macroscopic behavior.
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    ABSTRACT: This work examines the influence of changes in grain boundary (GB) strength on microstructure dependent crack propagation in polycrystalline tungsten (W). The property of focus is brittleness index (BI) originally introduced by Evans and Marshall in 1976 and 1979, respectively, used in order to quantify the extent of brittleness of a material. In an earlier work, GBs of Ni-doped polycrystalline W have been characterized for embrittlement using ab-initio quantum mechanical simulations as a function of Ni atomic volume fraction and GB thickness. This work focuses on quantifying the influence of GB strength on microstructure dependent crack propagation. Continuum mechanical GB strength properties and effective W grain properties are derived from ab-initio simulation based stress–strain curves. The crack propagation simulations when GBs are considered of finite width are based on an extended finite element (XFEM) framework. Simulations that consider GBs of infinitesimal width due to mesh resolution issues are based on a combined XFEM-cohesive finite element model that employs cohesive elements at GBs. Analyses of crack propagation through finite width GBs focus on understanding the role of square root of length scale dimension in the original BI formulation. Based on analyses of crack propagation through finite width GBs oriented at angles varying from \(0^{\circ }\,\hbox {to}\,90^{\circ }\) with respect to advancing crack, a quantitative criterion based on a failure index which predicts crack propagation path in polycrystalline W is proposed and examined.
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    ABSTRACT: The numerical manifold method (NMM) simulates continuous and discontinuous problems in a unified framework; thus NMM has advantages in analysing crack propagation. However, calculation of the stress intensity factors (SIFs) when adopting the NMM requires additional procedures, such as the J-integral and the interaction integral. In this study, a hybrid crack element (HCE) method is incorporated into the NMM to directly obtain the SIFs; the new algorithm combines the merits of both the NMM and HCE method. In the proposed algorithm, the HCE is used in the crack-tip region while the NMM is applied in the remaining region. The SIFs at the crack-tip are calculated directly from the solution of the governing equation with less computational complexity relative to existing methods. The proposed algorithm does not require any changes to the initial mesh during crack propagation. It is verified by a few examples and the results show that the simulated crack propagation paths are in good agreement with the results from existing studies while the computational efficiency is improved due to the direct calculation of the SIFs and the consistency of the mesh system in the crack propagation process.
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    ABSTRACT: A continuum model of ductile fracture initiation is presented which is based on consideration of the work done on the system sufficient to cause release of the binding energy necessary for crack formation. The fracture criterion is posed for plastic materials with no pre-existing crack as a critical state reached when the energy release rate of the bulk system is balanced by the energy release rate associated with the fractured medium. Two fracture modes are considered which are commonly addressed in fracture mechanics: mode I crack opening perpendicular to the fracture plane and mode II shear rupture tangential to the fracture plane. A study of the use of the criterion for a plastic material with power law hardening is examined and compared with published experimental data and empirical criteria.
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    ABSTRACT: The paper discusses an anisotropic continuum damage and fracture model for ductile metals. The phenomenological approach takes into account the effect of stress state on damage and failure criteria. Different branches of the criteria are considered corresponding to various microscopic mechanisms depending on stress intensity, stress triaxiality and the Lode parameter. To validate the proposed framework different experiments with biaxially loaded specimens and corresponding numerical simulations have been performed. Digital image correlation technique has been used to analyze current strain states in critical regions of the specimens.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents a new three dimensional (3D) augmented finite element method (A-FEM) that can account for arbitrary crack initiation and propagation in 3D solids without the need of additional DoF or phantom nodes. The method permits the derivation of explicit, fully condensed elemental equilibrium equations which are of mathematical exactness in the piece-wise linear sense. The method has been implemented with a 4-node tetrahedron element and a simple local tracking algorithm has been employed for calculating and recording the evolving planar or non-planar crack surface. It has been demonstrated through ample numerical examples that the new 3D A-FEM can provide significantly improved numerical accuracy and efficiency when dealing with crack propagation problems in 3D solids with planar or non-planar crack surfaces.
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    ABSTRACT: In this work we develop an adhesive zone model for polymeric interfaces, which describes the kinetics of dissociation and association of polymer chains bridging the interface. Compared with previous works on interfacial bond rupture, our adhesive zone model includes two novel features: possibility of bond reforming and a highly nonlinear force–extension relationship for the polymer chain motivated by previous experimental measurements. The absence of these two features was demonstrated in an earlier work to cause unphysical crack propagation under zero load as well as overextension of the chains beyond their full contour length. Using the rate dependent crack propagation in a double cantilever beam, which may be elastic or viscoelastic, as an example, the new adhesive zone model is shown to correct the unphysical results obtained earlier. Specifically, it leads to a significantly increased adhesive fracture energy, i.e., the energy per unit area required to rupture the chains on the interface, for slow crack propagation, owing to the ability to achieve a dynamic equilibrium of bond dissociation and association. Furthermore, the nonlinear chain model predicts a near-catastrophic decrease in chain density as the finite extensibility limit is approached. This results in an adhesive fracture energy which is orders of magnitude smaller than that predicted by the linear chain model for fast crack propagation. Although the adhesive zone model has only been applied to a double cantilever beam in this work, it is a generic model for polymeric interface, and can be implemented in finite element models to simulate fracture in bulk polymers in general.
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    ABSTRACT: This article reviews particle methods in the study of fracture. It focuses on the exact solution of dynamic cracks in an ideal brittle solid. Topics that arise include Cherenkov radiation of phonons, how calculations in a strip let one connect continuum fracture mechanics to atomic solutions, and the use of Wiener-Hopf techniques for analytical results. Then the article discusses molecular dynamics solutions, focusing on how to set them up making use of insights from the exactly solvable models. The particular case of silicon is discussed in detail. Finally there is a brief discussion of mesoscopic particle models.
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    ABSTRACT: Cyclic cohesive zone models represent powerful numerical tools to describe and predict different phenomena of fatigue. In the present paper a review is given about the state of the art of cyclic cohesive zone modelling. Firstly, a commented survey of the history of cyclic cohesive zone models is presented starting from the strip-yield models of Dugdale and Barenblatt and ending with the modern creep-fatigue models. Next, the paper focuses on the thermodynamically consistent formulation of cyclic cohesive zone models. In particular, the formulation of cohesive zone potentials, the choice of appropriate deformation and damage measures as well as the assembly of damage evolution equations are discussed in detail. In this context, established models are critically compared with a model recently proposed by the authors. Finally, some numerical examples are presented for illustration, dealing with fatigue crack growth, uniaxial fatigue life prediction, and intergranular fatigue damage. These simulations demonstrate the wide range of applications of cyclic cohesive zone models.
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    ABSTRACT: When an edge cracked shape memory alloy (SMA) plate is loaded, phase transformation around the crack tip results in a non-homogeneous region composed of austenite and martensite phases that affects its fracture behavior. In this work, the size of the phase transformation region surrounding the tip of an edge crack in a thin SMA plate is calculated analytically using a transformation function that governs forward phase transformation, together with crack tip asymptotic stress equations. Stress intensity factors required in the asymptotic equations are obtained from a least squares fit of full displacement field, calculated using finite elements, to asymptotic near-tip opening displacement equation. The present work predicts the size and shape of the transformation region in closed form. For comparison purposes, the region is also calculated using ABAQUS with user defined material subroutines (UMAT) for plane strain and plane stress. Transformation regions calculated analytically and computationally are plotted with experimental, analytical and numerical results available in the literature; the results show a good agreement with the experimental results.
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