Film cracking and debonding in a coated fiber

R. Nahta*, B. Moran

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A fracture mechanics based methodology for the determination of interface fracture toughness from crack spacing in a thin coated fiber is presented. The coating (film) may be regarded as the matrix material in typical experiments employing this configuration. Matrix crack spacing is considered to be the result of a competitive process between matrix segmentation and interface debonding which are assumed to be governed by critical energy release rate criteria. Matrix cracks are assumed to form by the process of channeling in the circumferential direction and steady state conditions are assumed at the matrix crack front in the channeling direction. Energy release rates are determined using domain integral procedures in conjunction with the finite element method. The minimum crack spacing is obtained as a function of applied stress for different values of interface fracture toughness. A methodology to relate the saturated crack spacing to interface fracture toughness is developed. Interfaces are classified into three categories: weak, intermediate and strong. It is shown that in experiments of this type, quantitative information about the interface fracture toughness can be obtained for intermediate interfaces while qualitative information may be obtained for weak and strong interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-372
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials


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