Stavros K Kourkoulis https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3246-9308 Christos Markides https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6547-3616 Ermioni Pasiou https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1580-3415 Andronikos Loukidis https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5764-5366 Dimos Triantis


The role of some geometrical characteristics of the notches ma­chined in circular discs, in order to determine the mode-I fracture tough­ness of brittle materials, is discussed. The study is implemented both analyti­cally and numerically. For the analytic study advantage is taken of a recently intro­duced solution for the stress- and displacement-fields developed in a finite disc with a central notch of finite width and length and rounded corners. The vari­ation of the stresses along strategic loci and the deformation of the peri­me­ter of the notch obtained analytically are used for the calibration/validation of a flexible nu­mer­ical model, which is then used for a parametric investiga­tion of the role of geometrical features of the notched disc (thickness of the disc, length and width of the notch, radius of the rounded corners of the notch). It is con­cluded that the role of the width of the notch is of critical im­port­ance. Both the ana­lytic and the numerical studies indicate definitely that ignoring the ac­curate geo­metric shape of the notch leads to erroneous results concerning the actual stress field around the crown of the notch. Therefore, it is possible that misleading values of the fracture toughness of the material of the disc may be obtained.


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    Kourkoulis, S. K., Markides, C., Pasiou, E., Loukidis, A., & Triantis, D. (2021). The critical influence of some “tiny” geometrical details on the stress field in a Brazilian Disc with a central notch of finite width and length. Frattura Ed Integrità Strutturale, 16(59), 405–422. https://doi.org/10.3221/IGF-ESIS.59.27

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