Nonlinear finite element analysis of crack growth at the interface of rubber-like bimaterials

Yang Xiao Xiang, Fu Ming Wang, Wang Xiu Rong, Liu Xiao Ying

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This paper presents the characteristics of the crack growth at the interface of rubber-rubber and rubber-steel bimaterials under tensile deformation using the non-linear finite element method. By using the commercial finite element software ABAQUS, the J integral calculations are carried out for the initial interface crack in the interfaces in-between two Neo-Hookean materials, two Mooney-Rivlin materials, Neo-Hookean and Mooney-Rivlin rubbers, Neo-Hookean and Polynomial, Mooney-Rivlin and Polynomial, and the Mooney-Rivlin and steel bi-materials. The computational results of the maximum J integral direction around the crack tip illustrate the possible direction of crack growth initiation. Furthermore, it is found that the crack bends to the softer rubber material at a certain angle with the initial crack direction if the crack depth is relatively small. For the crack with a larger depth, the crack propagates to grow along the interface in-between the bimaterials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1866-1874
Number of pages9
JournalScience China: Physics, Mechanics and Astronomy
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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