Impact fracture thresholds in brittle solids

A. Korsunsky, P. D. Warren, D. A. Hills

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The stress intensity factor induced in various flaws by nearby quasi-static Hertzian impact is studied. Idealizations in which the flaws are taken as plane, axi-symmetric or generally three dimensional are considered and compared rigorously. The results enable the residual strength of a brittle component containing finite cracks to be predicted, or conversely, the toughness of a material to be deduced from testing of materials containing known distributions of flaws.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
Issue numberPART 1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Brittle solids
  • Cracks
  • Flaws
  • Fracture
  • Particle impact


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