# Analytical solutions of the tensile strength and preponderant crack angle for the I-II mixed crack in brittle material/Trapiojo atsparumo tempiant ir atitinkamo leistinojo plysio kampo, esant vienaasiam apkrovimui bei I-II tipo misriam plysiui, teorinis sprendimas, pagristas maksimaliu ziediniu itempiu kriterijumi.

1. Introduction

Generally, the cracks in real structural materials are loaded by the complicated combined stress field due to the asymmetry of structures and loads, anisotropy of materials or other reasons. It results in that the stress fields around the cracks tip are significantly different from that of pure mode I, II, III cracks. The stress field should be affected by the pure mode I and II, even III cracks simultaneously. The cracks different from pure mode I, II and III cracks are referred to as mixed cracks. In the real structural materials, the mixed cracks exist abundantly, and the I-II mixed cracks is one of the most common forms. The mechanical behaviours of the I-II mixed cracks are always paid a great number of attentions by engineers [1-3].

In the calculation analysis of fracture mechanics, linear-elastic model is a common one and used widely. The linear-elastic model is not only simple and easy to be applied, but also could avoid the problem to some extent that the development of elastoplastic model is not perfect and mature. For those structure materials with large brittleness, the plastic deformation is very small when the brittle fracture occurring under tensile stress loading. Therefore, the linear elastic model is applicable for most brittle materials in solving fracture mechanical problems.

Based on the linear elastic constitutive model, a series of fracture criterions are proposed by some researchers which are applicable for the mixed cracks, such as, the maximum circumferential stress criterion proposed by Erdogan and Sih [4]; the maximum energy release rate criterion developed by Hussain et al. [5]. The maximum tensile strain criterion [6]; the maximum strain energy density factor criterion proposed by Sih [7]; equivalent stress intensity factors criterion [8]; expansion/torsion strain energy density factor criterion [9, 10]; J-integration criterion [11]. Among these fracture criterions, the maximum circumferential stress criterion is the simplest one with excellent applicability, which is frequently used by researchers and engineers [12, 13]. It is indicated by the mixed cracks test using the concretes that fracture angle determined by the maximum circumferential stress criterion agrees well with experimental data [3]. It is shown that the applicability of the maximum circumferential stress criterion is very well for the brittle materials.

In practical engineering, it is important for us to know the critical limited load and the initial fracture angle for propagating once the stress intensity factors [K.sub.I], [K.sub.II] of structural materials and fracture toughness [K.sub.IC] of model I crack are calibrated through experimental methods. Recently, a great number of attentions have been pain to investigate the ultimate strength of material with crack [14-16]. In this study, the tensile strength and the corresponding preponderant fracture angle for a I-II mixed crack contained in infinite plate under uniaxial tensile stress are investigated based on the linear-elastic maximum circumferential stress criterion. Namely, it will be demonstrated that under how much the tensile stress applied on the infinite plate making the I-II mixed crack begin to propagate, and what the preponderant crack angle is making the I-II mixed crack most easily to propagate in the infinite plate under tensile stress.

2. Maximum circumferential stress criterion

Maximum circumferential stress criterion is proposed by Erdogan and Sih [4] based on the experimental results that the mixed cracks propagate along the direction which is perpendicular with the maximum circumferential tensile stress. The basic statement is:

--cracks unstably propagate along the direction perpendicular with the maximum circumferential stress [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] near the tips of mixed cracks;

--the condition for cracks beginning to unstably propagate is that the maximum [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches a certain critical value of the materials (tensile strength).

[FIGURE 1 OMITTED]

In the two dimensional model shown in Fig. 1 ([K.sub.III] = 0), the stress fields near the tips of the I-II mixed cracks are expressed as (in the form of polar coordinate; and the endpoints of crack is the origin) [17].

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1)

where [K.sub.I], [K.sub.II] are the stress intensity factors of pure mode I and mode II cracks; [theta]([theta][-[pi],[pi]]) is positive for counterclockwise situations. Otherwise, it is negative. o([r.sup.-1/2]) is the high order small value in Eq. (1), which is ignored in the following derivation. Additionally, the tensile stress is taken as positive value in this study.

2.1. Direction of crack propagating

According to the maximum circumferential stress criterion, cracks should propagate along the direction perpendicular to the maximum [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] near the tips of I-II mixed crack. The following conditions have to be satisfied

[partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = 0 and [[partial derivative].sup.2][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][[theta].sup.2] = 0 (2)

Differentiating at both sides of Eq. (1), we can obtain

[partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = -1/[square root of (2[pi]r)] 3/2 cos [theta]/2 [[K.sub.I]sin[theta] + [K.sub.II](3cos[theta] - 1)] (3)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (4)

From [partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = 0, we get

cos [theta]/2 [[K.sub.I]sin[theta] + [K.sub.II](3cos[theta]-1)] = 0 (5)

A solution of Eq. (5) is that cos([theta]/2) = 0 ([theta] = [+ or -] [pi], [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] = 0). However, if substituting them into Eq. (4), it is found that [partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = 0. It can not meet the condition of [[partial derivative].sup.2][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][[theta].sup.2] < 0. In addition, the fracture surface described by this solution is the same with the surface of mixed cracks. Actually, there is no physical meaning. Finally, the initial fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] is determined by the following equation

[K.sub.I]sin[theta] + [K.sub.II](3cos[theta] - 1) = 0 (6)

When both [K.sub.I] and [K.sub.II] are not equal to 0 in Eq. (6), we obtain

[[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 + [square root of (1 + 8[([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]).sup.2])]]/4([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I])

Substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 + [square root of (1 + 8[([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]).sup.2])]]/4([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]) into Eq.(4), we can obtain [[partial derivative].sup.2][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][[theta].sup.2] > 0. It means that the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches its minimum value, namely the maximum compressive stress. Therefore, the initial fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] can be determined only by the following equation

[[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 + [square root of (1 + 8[([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]).sup.2])]]/4([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]) (7)

The variable curve of [[theta].sub.0] is shown in Fig. 2.

[FIGURE 2 OMITTED]

From Eq. (6), we know that

[K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I] = -sin[[theta].sub.0]/[3cos[[theta].sub.0] - 1] (8)

From Eq. (8), it is found that 3cos[[theta].sub.0] - 1 > 0 and [[theta].sub.0] < 70[degrees]32' due to that [K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I] > 0 and sin[[theta].sub.0] < 0. Therefore, substituting Eq. (6) or Eq. (8) into Eq. (4), we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (9)

It is indicated that the solution of Eq. (6) [theta] = [[theta].sub.0] meets the condition letting the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches its maximum value.

Comparing Eq. (6) and the third expression in Eq. (1), it is found that [[tau].sub.r[theta]] = 0 on the plane where the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches its maximum value. That is to say the plane is the principle stress plane. Therefore, the maximum circumferential stress is the maximum tensile stress near the tips of the mixed cracks if only the singular term is retained in the all stress components.

In Eq. (6), when [K.sub.I] = 0, [K.sub.II] [not equal to] 0 (pure model II crack), namely, [K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I] [right arrow] [infinity], it is derived that

[[theta].sub.0] = arccos 1/3 = -70[degrees]32'. (10)

2.2. Stress condition for cracks beginning to propagate

According to maximum circumferential stress criterion, the cracks begin to unstably propagate when [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]max] reaches a certain critical value [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]c] (tensile strength). Generally, this critical value is determined through some experimental methods of pure mode I crack. For a pure mode I cracks, [K.sub.II] = 0 . From Eq. (7), we know that the initial facture angle [[theta].sub.0] equals to 0 for a pure mode I crack which is known as self-similar propagation. When the pure mode I crack begins to propagate, the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]max] exactly reaches the critical value [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]c] of materials. From this point of view and Eq. (1), it is obtained that

[[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]c] = 1/[square root or 2[pi]r] [K.sub.IC] (11)

where [K.sub.IC] is the fracture toughness of pure model I crack. Once this critical value of materials is determined, and combined with Eq. (1), we know that the instability criterion of I-II mixed cracks is

1/2 cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [[K.sub.I] (1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]) - 3[K.sub.II]sin[[theta].sub.0]] = [K.sub.IC] (12)

In a sense, the I-II mixed cracks can be considered as a kind of equivalent mode I cracks. The equivalent stress intensity factor could be formulated as

[K.sub.eff] =1/2 cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [[K.sub.I](1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]) - 3[K.sub.II]sin[[theta].sub.0]]

Then the instability criterion is

[K.sub.eff] = [K.sub.IC]

For pure mode II cracks, the initial fracture angle when the cracks begin to propagate is [[theta].sub.0] = [cos.sup.-1] (1/3) which is determined by Eq. (7). At this moment, [K.sub.II] = [K.sub.IIC.] If substituted into Eq. (12), it is obtained

[K.sub.IIC]/[K.sub.IC] = [square root of 3]/2. (13)

3. Uniaxial brittle tensile strength and the corresponding crack angle

As it is shown in Fig. 1 there is an inclined crack in infinite plate. In this infinite plate, the far-field stresses can be determined as following expressions according to the coordinate transformation

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (14)

where [beta] is the sharp angle between the crack and the tensile stress. From the definition of stress intensity factor, we know that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (15)

Substituting Eq. (15) into (6), the relationship between the fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] and the crack angle [beta] could be written as follow

tan[beta] = 1 - 3cos[[theta].sub.0]/sin[[theta].sub.0] (16)

From the viewpoint of causal relationship, the crack angle [beta] should be a independent variable, and the fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] should be the dependent variable. Therefore, equation (16) is an implicit function between [beta] and [[theta].sub.0.] The explicit function between [beta] and [[theta].sub.0] can be obtained based on the Eqs. (7) and (15)

[[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 - [square root of 1 + 8[cot.sup.2][beta]])]/4cot[beta] (17)

Similar with the definition of fracture toughness, we define the tensile brittle capacity of materials as

[K.sub.j] = [[sigma].sub.c][square root of [pi]a] (18)

where the [[sigma].sub.c] is the far-field tensile stress when the I-II mixed crack begin to propagate, [K.sub.J] is the equivalent fracture toughness of the I-II mixed crack. When the crack begins to propagate, the far-field tensile stress [sigma] applied to infinite plate reaches [[sigma].sub.c] (Fig. 1), and Eqs. (15) and (12) are satisfied simultaneously. Combining Eqs. (15) and (12), and letting [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c], we obtain

[K.sub.J] = [K.sub.IC]/1/4 cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [1 + cos[[theta].sub.0])(1 - cos2[beta]) - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]sin2[beta]] (19)

Rewriting the above Eq. (19) in another form

[K.sub.J] = [K.sub.IC]/F([[theta].sub.0],[beta]) (20)

in which

F ([theta], [beta]) = 1/4 cos [theta]/2 x [(1+cos[theta])(1-cos2[beta])-3sin[theta]sin2[beta]] (21)

where [theta], [beta] are treated as independent variables. Comparing Eqs. (21) and (1), it is obtained that

[[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] = [sigma][square root of [pi]a]/[square root of 2[pi]r] F([theta],[beta]) (22)

According to the process of obtaining the fracture angle [[theta].sub.0], we know

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From the Eq. (22), we have

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (23)

It is assumed that the equivalent fracture toughness of the I-II mixed crack [K.sub.J] reaches its minimum value when [beta] = [[beta].sub.m,] namely

d[K.sub.J]/d[beta] = 0 and [d.sup.2][K.sub.J]/d[[beta].sup.2] = 0 (24)

Based on the equation (20), it is obtained that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (25)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (26)

In Eq. (25), [partial derivative]F([[theta].sub.0],[beta])/[partial derivative][[theta].sub.0] = f ([[theta].sub.0],[beta]) = 0, and if d[K.sub.J]/d[beta] = 0 according to the extremum principle, the Eq. (25) can be written as

dF([[theta].sub.0],[beta]/d[beta] = 0 (27)

Equivalently, it is

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (28)

Combining Eqs. (21) and (28), we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (29)

As mentioned in above section, the roots of cos[theta]/2 = 0 can not satisfy the condition of maximum value for [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]. Therefore, only the following expression could be obtained from Eq. (29)

(1 + cos[[theta].sub.0])sin2[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos2[beta] = 0 (30)

Namely,

tan2[beta] = 3sin[[theta].sub.0]/[1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]] (31)

Combining Eqs. (16) and (31), it can be obtained that

sin[[theta].sub.0](12[cos.sup.2][[theta].sub.0] - 11cos[[theta].sub.0] + 1) = 0 (32)

The equations to determine the roots of Eq. (32) are

sin[[theta].sub.0] = 0 (33)

sin[[theta].sub.0] (12[cos.sup.2][[theta].sub.0] - 11cos[[theta].sub.0] +1) = 0 (34)

The first root can be obtained from the Eq. (33), it is [[theta].sub.01] = 0[degrees]. Another two roots can be determined from Eq. (34), they are [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [[theta].sub.03] = -84.13[degrees]. From Fig. 2 we know that [absolute value of [[theta].sub.0]] < 70[degrees]32'. Therefore, the [[theta].sub.03] can't satisfy the condition of maximum value for [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta].] It should be rejected. Following, the roots of [[theta].sub.01] = 0[degrees] and [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] will be verified.

Differentiating on the both sides of Eq. (16), it is obtained that

[sec.sup.2][beta] = 3 - cos[[theta].sub.0]/[sin.sup.2][[theta].sub.0] d[[theta].sub.0]/d[beta] (35)

Substituting Eq. (16) into Eq. (35)

d[[theta].sub.0]/d[beta] = [sin.sup.2][[theta].sub.0][(1 + [tan.sup.2][beta])]/[3 - cos[[theta].sub.0]] = [2(1 - 3cos[[theta].sub.0] + 4[cos.sup.2] [[theta].sub.0]]/[3 - cos[[theta].sub.0]] (36)

From Eq. (29), we can determine the terms [[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][beta][partial derivative][[theta].sub.0] and [[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][[beta].sup.2] in Eq. (26)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (37)

[[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][[beta].sup.2] = cos[theta]/2 [(1 + cos[theta])cos2[beta] + 3sin[theta]sin2[beta]] (38)

Similarly, from Eq. (21), the term [[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][[theta].sub.0.sup.2] in Eq. (26) can be determined as

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (39)

Substituting Eqs. (37), (38) and (39) into Eq. (26), we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (40)

Following, the two roots of [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] and [[theta].sub.02] = 35.48[degrees] is verified respectively.

(1) [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees]

Substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] into Eq. (16), the [beta] is determined as 90[degrees]. Substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] and [beta] = [pi]/2 into Eq. (15), we know that [K.sub.II] = 0 (pure mode I crack) under such conditions. And substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] and [beta] = [pi]/2 into Eq. (40), it is obtained

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Obviously, the above expression can not satisfy the condition of [d.sup.2][K.sub.J]/d[[beta].sup.2] > 0. Therefore, [beta] = [pi]/2, [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] are not the solution which making the [K.sub.J] reach its minimum value. Substituting [beta] = [pi]/2, [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] into Eq. (19), we get

[K.sub.J1] = [[sigma].sub.c][square root of [pi]a] = [K.sub.IC] ([beta] = [pi]/2,[[theta].sub.0] = 0) (41)

If the design tensile strength of materials [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c] is given, the maximum critical length of crack in the direction of [beta] = [pi]/2 is

[a.sub.0] = [K.sub.IC]/[pi][[sigma].sup.2.sub.c] (42)

(2) [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees]

Substituting [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] into Eq. (16), the [beta] is determined as 68.09[degrees]. Substituting [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [beta] = 68.09[degrees] into Eq. (40), it is obtained

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Obviously, the solution of [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [beta] = 68.09[degrees] satisfy the condition to let the [K.sub.J] reach its minimum value. Substituting [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [beta] = 68.09[degrees] into Eq. (19), obtaining

[K.sub.J2] = [[sigma].sub.c][square root of [pi]a] = 0.97[K.sub.IC] (43)

Comparing Eqs. (43) and (41), we find that [K.sub.J2] < [K.sub.J1]. Therefore, this solution indeed can make [K.sub.J] reach its minimum value. Here, we define the [[beta].sub.m] = 68.09[degrees] is the preponderant crack angle of material under uniaxial tensile stress.

From Eq. (43), if the length of crack is a, the critical uniaxial tensile strength of materials along the direction of preponderant crack angle is

[[sigma].sub.c] = 0.97[K.sub.IC]/[square root of [pi]a] (44)

Comparing Eqs. (43) and (41), it is found that the uniaxil tensile strength of materials if the direction of crack is [beta]m = 68.09[degrees] is smaller about 3% than that of the direction of crack is [beta] = [pi]/2.

From Eq. (43), if the design tensile strength of materials [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c] is given, the critical crack length along the direction [beta]m = 68.09[degrees] is

[a.sub.0] = 0.94[K.sup.2.sub.IC]/[pi][[sigma].sup.2.sub.c] (45)

In engineering, if the direction of force applied is variable or uncertain, and the design tensile strength of materials [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c] is given, then the results determined by Eq. (45) could be considered as the permitted maximum crack length at arbitrary direction in engineering structural materials. This permitted maximum crack length in structural materials could provide reliable theoretical basis for the detecting and limiting the crack length in structural design. It is noted that this result is obtained based on the brittle fracture instability. The subcritical crack propagation and fatigue fracture and other factors have not been considered.

The Eq. (19) can be rewritten as following form

[K.sub.J] = [K.sub.IC]/[1/2 sin[beta]cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [(1 + cos[[theta].sub.0])sin[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos[beta]]] (46)

In above equation, the values of [beta] making [K.sub.J] [right arrow] [infinity] are determined by

sin[beta] [(l + cos[[theta].sub.0])sin[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos[beta]] = 0 (47)

One of the solutions of Eq. (47) is sin[beta] = 0 ([beta] = 0). The crack is vertical and parallel with the far-field tensile stress. Under such condition, [K.sub.I] = [K.sub.II] = 0; and the crack has no any influence on the stress field near the crack.

Another solution of Eq. (47) is

(1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]) sin[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos[beta] = 0

Namely

tan[beta] = 3sin[[theta].sub.0]/[1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]]

Obviously, both the [beta] and [[theta].sub.0] are greater than 0. This result completely can not satisfy the assumption of problem and the experimental data; because if the [beta] is greater than 0 in the problem, then the [[theta].sub.0] should be smaller than 0 according to the stresses analysis and experiment. Therefore, this solution only exists in mathematics. Actually, there is no any physical meaning.

4. Conclusion and discussion

1. In this study, the brittle tensile capacity and the tensile strength of engineering materials for the I-II mixed crack is derived under uniaxis tensile stress based on the linear elastic maximum circumferential stress theory, see Eqs. (17), (18) and (19).

2. The preponderant fracture angle for the propagation of unstable crack is [[beta].sub.m] = 68.09[degrees] for the I-II mixed crack under uniaxis tensile stress; and the corresponding brittle tensile capacity is [K.sub.J] = 0.97[K.sub.IC], tensile strength is [[sigma].sub.c] = 0.97[K.sub.IC]/[square root of [pi]a]. From this conclusion, it is proposed that the maximum crack length in engineering materials shouldn't be greater than [a.sub.0] = 0.94[K.sup.2.sub.IC]/[pi][[sigma].sup.2.sub.c], if the design tensile strength [[sigma].sub.c] is given. This limitation for the crack length in engineering materials provide reliable theoretical basis for detecting the crack length in materials.

3. The theoretical results proposed in this study are different from that of flat elliptical crack model (Jaeger and Cook, 1979), and that of S criterion, in which the preponderant crack angle is determined as [[beta].sub.m] = 90[degrees]. As stated in this context, the difference of the brittle tensile capacity and the tensile strength for the two types of preponderant crack angle [[beta].sub.m] (90[degrees] and 68.09[degrees]) is not greater than 3%. It is relatively difficult to check the theoretical results using experiment methods. However, the great effort will be performed in the further study to verify the theoretic solution proposed in this study.

4. The evolutionary point of the maximum value of [K.sub.J] is [[beta].sub.[infinity]] = 0[degrees]. At this moment, the crack is vertical, and parallel with the far-field tensile stress. The crack has no any influence on the stress field in infinite plate.

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Zhang Yan, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China, E-mail: yanzhang2009@gmail.com

Ji Hongguang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China, E-mail: jihongguang@ces.ustb.edu.cn

Ye Jianhong, Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN UK, E-mail: jzye@dundee.ac.uk

Ye Jianhong, Key Lab. of Eng. & Geomech., Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sci., Beijing, 100029 China, E-mail: yejianhongcas@gmail.com

Li Shiyu, Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administrate, Beijing, 100081, China

Received February 10, 2011

Accepted February 09, 2112

Generally, the cracks in real structural materials are loaded by the complicated combined stress field due to the asymmetry of structures and loads, anisotropy of materials or other reasons. It results in that the stress fields around the cracks tip are significantly different from that of pure mode I, II, III cracks. The stress field should be affected by the pure mode I and II, even III cracks simultaneously. The cracks different from pure mode I, II and III cracks are referred to as mixed cracks. In the real structural materials, the mixed cracks exist abundantly, and the I-II mixed cracks is one of the most common forms. The mechanical behaviours of the I-II mixed cracks are always paid a great number of attentions by engineers [1-3].

In the calculation analysis of fracture mechanics, linear-elastic model is a common one and used widely. The linear-elastic model is not only simple and easy to be applied, but also could avoid the problem to some extent that the development of elastoplastic model is not perfect and mature. For those structure materials with large brittleness, the plastic deformation is very small when the brittle fracture occurring under tensile stress loading. Therefore, the linear elastic model is applicable for most brittle materials in solving fracture mechanical problems.

Based on the linear elastic constitutive model, a series of fracture criterions are proposed by some researchers which are applicable for the mixed cracks, such as, the maximum circumferential stress criterion proposed by Erdogan and Sih [4]; the maximum energy release rate criterion developed by Hussain et al. [5]. The maximum tensile strain criterion [6]; the maximum strain energy density factor criterion proposed by Sih [7]; equivalent stress intensity factors criterion [8]; expansion/torsion strain energy density factor criterion [9, 10]; J-integration criterion [11]. Among these fracture criterions, the maximum circumferential stress criterion is the simplest one with excellent applicability, which is frequently used by researchers and engineers [12, 13]. It is indicated by the mixed cracks test using the concretes that fracture angle determined by the maximum circumferential stress criterion agrees well with experimental data [3]. It is shown that the applicability of the maximum circumferential stress criterion is very well for the brittle materials.

In practical engineering, it is important for us to know the critical limited load and the initial fracture angle for propagating once the stress intensity factors [K.sub.I], [K.sub.II] of structural materials and fracture toughness [K.sub.IC] of model I crack are calibrated through experimental methods. Recently, a great number of attentions have been pain to investigate the ultimate strength of material with crack [14-16]. In this study, the tensile strength and the corresponding preponderant fracture angle for a I-II mixed crack contained in infinite plate under uniaxial tensile stress are investigated based on the linear-elastic maximum circumferential stress criterion. Namely, it will be demonstrated that under how much the tensile stress applied on the infinite plate making the I-II mixed crack begin to propagate, and what the preponderant crack angle is making the I-II mixed crack most easily to propagate in the infinite plate under tensile stress.

2. Maximum circumferential stress criterion

Maximum circumferential stress criterion is proposed by Erdogan and Sih [4] based on the experimental results that the mixed cracks propagate along the direction which is perpendicular with the maximum circumferential tensile stress. The basic statement is:

--cracks unstably propagate along the direction perpendicular with the maximum circumferential stress [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] near the tips of mixed cracks;

--the condition for cracks beginning to unstably propagate is that the maximum [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches a certain critical value of the materials (tensile strength).

[FIGURE 1 OMITTED]

In the two dimensional model shown in Fig. 1 ([K.sub.III] = 0), the stress fields near the tips of the I-II mixed cracks are expressed as (in the form of polar coordinate; and the endpoints of crack is the origin) [17].

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (1)

where [K.sub.I], [K.sub.II] are the stress intensity factors of pure mode I and mode II cracks; [theta]([theta][-[pi],[pi]]) is positive for counterclockwise situations. Otherwise, it is negative. o([r.sup.-1/2]) is the high order small value in Eq. (1), which is ignored in the following derivation. Additionally, the tensile stress is taken as positive value in this study.

2.1. Direction of crack propagating

According to the maximum circumferential stress criterion, cracks should propagate along the direction perpendicular to the maximum [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] near the tips of I-II mixed crack. The following conditions have to be satisfied

[partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = 0 and [[partial derivative].sup.2][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][[theta].sup.2] = 0 (2)

Differentiating at both sides of Eq. (1), we can obtain

[partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = -1/[square root of (2[pi]r)] 3/2 cos [theta]/2 [[K.sub.I]sin[theta] + [K.sub.II](3cos[theta] - 1)] (3)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (4)

From [partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = 0, we get

cos [theta]/2 [[K.sub.I]sin[theta] + [K.sub.II](3cos[theta]-1)] = 0 (5)

A solution of Eq. (5) is that cos([theta]/2) = 0 ([theta] = [+ or -] [pi], [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] = 0). However, if substituting them into Eq. (4), it is found that [partial derivative][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][theta] = 0. It can not meet the condition of [[partial derivative].sup.2][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][[theta].sup.2] < 0. In addition, the fracture surface described by this solution is the same with the surface of mixed cracks. Actually, there is no physical meaning. Finally, the initial fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] is determined by the following equation

[K.sub.I]sin[theta] + [K.sub.II](3cos[theta] - 1) = 0 (6)

When both [K.sub.I] and [K.sub.II] are not equal to 0 in Eq. (6), we obtain

[[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 + [square root of (1 + 8[([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]).sup.2])]]/4([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I])

Substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 + [square root of (1 + 8[([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]).sup.2])]]/4([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]) into Eq.(4), we can obtain [[partial derivative].sup.2][[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]/[partial derivative][[theta].sup.2] > 0. It means that the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches its minimum value, namely the maximum compressive stress. Therefore, the initial fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] can be determined only by the following equation

[[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 + [square root of (1 + 8[([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]).sup.2])]]/4([K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I]) (7)

The variable curve of [[theta].sub.0] is shown in Fig. 2.

[FIGURE 2 OMITTED]

From Eq. (6), we know that

[K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I] = -sin[[theta].sub.0]/[3cos[[theta].sub.0] - 1] (8)

From Eq. (8), it is found that 3cos[[theta].sub.0] - 1 > 0 and [[theta].sub.0] < 70[degrees]32' due to that [K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I] > 0 and sin[[theta].sub.0] < 0. Therefore, substituting Eq. (6) or Eq. (8) into Eq. (4), we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (9)

It is indicated that the solution of Eq. (6) [theta] = [[theta].sub.0] meets the condition letting the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches its maximum value.

Comparing Eq. (6) and the third expression in Eq. (1), it is found that [[tau].sub.r[theta]] = 0 on the plane where the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] reaches its maximum value. That is to say the plane is the principle stress plane. Therefore, the maximum circumferential stress is the maximum tensile stress near the tips of the mixed cracks if only the singular term is retained in the all stress components.

In Eq. (6), when [K.sub.I] = 0, [K.sub.II] [not equal to] 0 (pure model II crack), namely, [K.sub.II]/[K.sub.I] [right arrow] [infinity], it is derived that

[[theta].sub.0] = arccos 1/3 = -70[degrees]32'. (10)

2.2. Stress condition for cracks beginning to propagate

According to maximum circumferential stress criterion, the cracks begin to unstably propagate when [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]max] reaches a certain critical value [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]c] (tensile strength). Generally, this critical value is determined through some experimental methods of pure mode I crack. For a pure mode I cracks, [K.sub.II] = 0 . From Eq. (7), we know that the initial facture angle [[theta].sub.0] equals to 0 for a pure mode I crack which is known as self-similar propagation. When the pure mode I crack begins to propagate, the [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]max] exactly reaches the critical value [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]c] of materials. From this point of view and Eq. (1), it is obtained that

[[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]c] = 1/[square root or 2[pi]r] [K.sub.IC] (11)

where [K.sub.IC] is the fracture toughness of pure model I crack. Once this critical value of materials is determined, and combined with Eq. (1), we know that the instability criterion of I-II mixed cracks is

1/2 cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [[K.sub.I] (1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]) - 3[K.sub.II]sin[[theta].sub.0]] = [K.sub.IC] (12)

In a sense, the I-II mixed cracks can be considered as a kind of equivalent mode I cracks. The equivalent stress intensity factor could be formulated as

[K.sub.eff] =1/2 cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [[K.sub.I](1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]) - 3[K.sub.II]sin[[theta].sub.0]]

Then the instability criterion is

[K.sub.eff] = [K.sub.IC]

For pure mode II cracks, the initial fracture angle when the cracks begin to propagate is [[theta].sub.0] = [cos.sup.-1] (1/3) which is determined by Eq. (7). At this moment, [K.sub.II] = [K.sub.IIC.] If substituted into Eq. (12), it is obtained

[K.sub.IIC]/[K.sub.IC] = [square root of 3]/2. (13)

3. Uniaxial brittle tensile strength and the corresponding crack angle

As it is shown in Fig. 1 there is an inclined crack in infinite plate. In this infinite plate, the far-field stresses can be determined as following expressions according to the coordinate transformation

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (14)

where [beta] is the sharp angle between the crack and the tensile stress. From the definition of stress intensity factor, we know that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (15)

Substituting Eq. (15) into (6), the relationship between the fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] and the crack angle [beta] could be written as follow

tan[beta] = 1 - 3cos[[theta].sub.0]/sin[[theta].sub.0] (16)

From the viewpoint of causal relationship, the crack angle [beta] should be a independent variable, and the fracture angle [[theta].sub.0] should be the dependent variable. Therefore, equation (16) is an implicit function between [beta] and [[theta].sub.0.] The explicit function between [beta] and [[theta].sub.0] can be obtained based on the Eqs. (7) and (15)

[[theta].sub.0] = 2arc tan [(1 - [square root of 1 + 8[cot.sup.2][beta]])]/4cot[beta] (17)

Similar with the definition of fracture toughness, we define the tensile brittle capacity of materials as

[K.sub.j] = [[sigma].sub.c][square root of [pi]a] (18)

where the [[sigma].sub.c] is the far-field tensile stress when the I-II mixed crack begin to propagate, [K.sub.J] is the equivalent fracture toughness of the I-II mixed crack. When the crack begins to propagate, the far-field tensile stress [sigma] applied to infinite plate reaches [[sigma].sub.c] (Fig. 1), and Eqs. (15) and (12) are satisfied simultaneously. Combining Eqs. (15) and (12), and letting [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c], we obtain

[K.sub.J] = [K.sub.IC]/1/4 cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [1 + cos[[theta].sub.0])(1 - cos2[beta]) - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]sin2[beta]] (19)

Rewriting the above Eq. (19) in another form

[K.sub.J] = [K.sub.IC]/F([[theta].sub.0],[beta]) (20)

in which

F ([theta], [beta]) = 1/4 cos [theta]/2 x [(1+cos[theta])(1-cos2[beta])-3sin[theta]sin2[beta]] (21)

where [theta], [beta] are treated as independent variables. Comparing Eqs. (21) and (1), it is obtained that

[[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]] = [sigma][square root of [pi]a]/[square root of 2[pi]r] F([theta],[beta]) (22)

According to the process of obtaining the fracture angle [[theta].sub.0], we know

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From the Eq. (22), we have

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (23)

It is assumed that the equivalent fracture toughness of the I-II mixed crack [K.sub.J] reaches its minimum value when [beta] = [[beta].sub.m,] namely

d[K.sub.J]/d[beta] = 0 and [d.sup.2][K.sub.J]/d[[beta].sup.2] = 0 (24)

Based on the equation (20), it is obtained that

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (25)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (26)

In Eq. (25), [partial derivative]F([[theta].sub.0],[beta])/[partial derivative][[theta].sub.0] = f ([[theta].sub.0],[beta]) = 0, and if d[K.sub.J]/d[beta] = 0 according to the extremum principle, the Eq. (25) can be written as

dF([[theta].sub.0],[beta]/d[beta] = 0 (27)

Equivalently, it is

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (28)

Combining Eqs. (21) and (28), we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (29)

As mentioned in above section, the roots of cos[theta]/2 = 0 can not satisfy the condition of maximum value for [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta]]. Therefore, only the following expression could be obtained from Eq. (29)

(1 + cos[[theta].sub.0])sin2[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos2[beta] = 0 (30)

Namely,

tan2[beta] = 3sin[[theta].sub.0]/[1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]] (31)

Combining Eqs. (16) and (31), it can be obtained that

sin[[theta].sub.0](12[cos.sup.2][[theta].sub.0] - 11cos[[theta].sub.0] + 1) = 0 (32)

The equations to determine the roots of Eq. (32) are

sin[[theta].sub.0] = 0 (33)

sin[[theta].sub.0] (12[cos.sup.2][[theta].sub.0] - 11cos[[theta].sub.0] +1) = 0 (34)

The first root can be obtained from the Eq. (33), it is [[theta].sub.01] = 0[degrees]. Another two roots can be determined from Eq. (34), they are [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [[theta].sub.03] = -84.13[degrees]. From Fig. 2 we know that [absolute value of [[theta].sub.0]] < 70[degrees]32'. Therefore, the [[theta].sub.03] can't satisfy the condition of maximum value for [[sigma].sub.[theta][theta].] It should be rejected. Following, the roots of [[theta].sub.01] = 0[degrees] and [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] will be verified.

Differentiating on the both sides of Eq. (16), it is obtained that

[sec.sup.2][beta] = 3 - cos[[theta].sub.0]/[sin.sup.2][[theta].sub.0] d[[theta].sub.0]/d[beta] (35)

Substituting Eq. (16) into Eq. (35)

d[[theta].sub.0]/d[beta] = [sin.sup.2][[theta].sub.0][(1 + [tan.sup.2][beta])]/[3 - cos[[theta].sub.0]] = [2(1 - 3cos[[theta].sub.0] + 4[cos.sup.2] [[theta].sub.0]]/[3 - cos[[theta].sub.0]] (36)

From Eq. (29), we can determine the terms [[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][beta][partial derivative][[theta].sub.0] and [[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][[beta].sup.2] in Eq. (26)

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (37)

[[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][[beta].sup.2] = cos[theta]/2 [(1 + cos[theta])cos2[beta] + 3sin[theta]sin2[beta]] (38)

Similarly, from Eq. (21), the term [[partial derivative].sup.2]F/[partial derivative][[theta].sub.0.sup.2] in Eq. (26) can be determined as

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (39)

Substituting Eqs. (37), (38) and (39) into Eq. (26), we obtain

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (40)

Following, the two roots of [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] and [[theta].sub.02] = 35.48[degrees] is verified respectively.

(1) [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees]

Substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] into Eq. (16), the [beta] is determined as 90[degrees]. Substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] and [beta] = [pi]/2 into Eq. (15), we know that [K.sub.II] = 0 (pure mode I crack) under such conditions. And substituting [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] and [beta] = [pi]/2 into Eq. (40), it is obtained

[MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]

Obviously, the above expression can not satisfy the condition of [d.sup.2][K.sub.J]/d[[beta].sup.2] > 0. Therefore, [beta] = [pi]/2, [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] are not the solution which making the [K.sub.J] reach its minimum value. Substituting [beta] = [pi]/2, [[theta].sub.0] = 0[degrees] into Eq. (19), we get

[K.sub.J1] = [[sigma].sub.c][square root of [pi]a] = [K.sub.IC] ([beta] = [pi]/2,[[theta].sub.0] = 0) (41)

If the design tensile strength of materials [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c] is given, the maximum critical length of crack in the direction of [beta] = [pi]/2 is

[a.sub.0] = [K.sub.IC]/[pi][[sigma].sup.2.sub.c] (42)

(2) [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees]

Substituting [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] into Eq. (16), the [beta] is determined as 68.09[degrees]. Substituting [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [beta] = 68.09[degrees] into Eq. (40), it is obtained

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Obviously, the solution of [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [beta] = 68.09[degrees] satisfy the condition to let the [K.sub.J] reach its minimum value. Substituting [[theta].sub.02] = -35.48[degrees] and [beta] = 68.09[degrees] into Eq. (19), obtaining

[K.sub.J2] = [[sigma].sub.c][square root of [pi]a] = 0.97[K.sub.IC] (43)

Comparing Eqs. (43) and (41), we find that [K.sub.J2] < [K.sub.J1]. Therefore, this solution indeed can make [K.sub.J] reach its minimum value. Here, we define the [[beta].sub.m] = 68.09[degrees] is the preponderant crack angle of material under uniaxial tensile stress.

From Eq. (43), if the length of crack is a, the critical uniaxial tensile strength of materials along the direction of preponderant crack angle is

[[sigma].sub.c] = 0.97[K.sub.IC]/[square root of [pi]a] (44)

Comparing Eqs. (43) and (41), it is found that the uniaxil tensile strength of materials if the direction of crack is [beta]m = 68.09[degrees] is smaller about 3% than that of the direction of crack is [beta] = [pi]/2.

From Eq. (43), if the design tensile strength of materials [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c] is given, the critical crack length along the direction [beta]m = 68.09[degrees] is

[a.sub.0] = 0.94[K.sup.2.sub.IC]/[pi][[sigma].sup.2.sub.c] (45)

In engineering, if the direction of force applied is variable or uncertain, and the design tensile strength of materials [sigma] = [[sigma].sub.c] is given, then the results determined by Eq. (45) could be considered as the permitted maximum crack length at arbitrary direction in engineering structural materials. This permitted maximum crack length in structural materials could provide reliable theoretical basis for the detecting and limiting the crack length in structural design. It is noted that this result is obtained based on the brittle fracture instability. The subcritical crack propagation and fatigue fracture and other factors have not been considered.

The Eq. (19) can be rewritten as following form

[K.sub.J] = [K.sub.IC]/[1/2 sin[beta]cos [[theta].sub.0]/2 [(1 + cos[[theta].sub.0])sin[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos[beta]]] (46)

In above equation, the values of [beta] making [K.sub.J] [right arrow] [infinity] are determined by

sin[beta] [(l + cos[[theta].sub.0])sin[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos[beta]] = 0 (47)

One of the solutions of Eq. (47) is sin[beta] = 0 ([beta] = 0). The crack is vertical and parallel with the far-field tensile stress. Under such condition, [K.sub.I] = [K.sub.II] = 0; and the crack has no any influence on the stress field near the crack.

Another solution of Eq. (47) is

(1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]) sin[beta] - 3sin[[theta].sub.0]cos[beta] = 0

Namely

tan[beta] = 3sin[[theta].sub.0]/[1 + cos[[theta].sub.0]]

Obviously, both the [beta] and [[theta].sub.0] are greater than 0. This result completely can not satisfy the assumption of problem and the experimental data; because if the [beta] is greater than 0 in the problem, then the [[theta].sub.0] should be smaller than 0 according to the stresses analysis and experiment. Therefore, this solution only exists in mathematics. Actually, there is no any physical meaning.

4. Conclusion and discussion

1. In this study, the brittle tensile capacity and the tensile strength of engineering materials for the I-II mixed crack is derived under uniaxis tensile stress based on the linear elastic maximum circumferential stress theory, see Eqs. (17), (18) and (19).

2. The preponderant fracture angle for the propagation of unstable crack is [[beta].sub.m] = 68.09[degrees] for the I-II mixed crack under uniaxis tensile stress; and the corresponding brittle tensile capacity is [K.sub.J] = 0.97[K.sub.IC], tensile strength is [[sigma].sub.c] = 0.97[K.sub.IC]/[square root of [pi]a]. From this conclusion, it is proposed that the maximum crack length in engineering materials shouldn't be greater than [a.sub.0] = 0.94[K.sup.2.sub.IC]/[pi][[sigma].sup.2.sub.c], if the design tensile strength [[sigma].sub.c] is given. This limitation for the crack length in engineering materials provide reliable theoretical basis for detecting the crack length in materials.

3. The theoretical results proposed in this study are different from that of flat elliptical crack model (Jaeger and Cook, 1979), and that of S criterion, in which the preponderant crack angle is determined as [[beta].sub.m] = 90[degrees]. As stated in this context, the difference of the brittle tensile capacity and the tensile strength for the two types of preponderant crack angle [[beta].sub.m] (90[degrees] and 68.09[degrees]) is not greater than 3%. It is relatively difficult to check the theoretical results using experiment methods. However, the great effort will be performed in the further study to verify the theoretic solution proposed in this study.

4. The evolutionary point of the maximum value of [K.sub.J] is [[beta].sub.[infinity]] = 0[degrees]. At this moment, the crack is vertical, and parallel with the far-field tensile stress. The crack has no any influence on the stress field in infinite plate.

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Zhang Yan, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China, E-mail: yanzhang2009@gmail.com

Ji Hongguang, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China, E-mail: jihongguang@ces.ustb.edu.cn

Ye Jianhong, Division of Civil Engineering, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HN UK, E-mail: jzye@dundee.ac.uk

Ye Jianhong, Key Lab. of Eng. & Geomech., Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sci., Beijing, 100029 China, E-mail: yejianhongcas@gmail.com

Li Shiyu, Institute of Geophysics, China Earthquake Administrate, Beijing, 100081, China

Received February 10, 2011

Accepted February 09, 2112

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