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dc.contributor.authorKuruppu, Mahinda
dc.contributor.authorChong, K.
dc.identifier.citationKuruppu, Mahinda D. and Chong, Ken P. 2012. Fracture toughness testing of brittle materials using semi-circular bend (SCB) specimen. Engineering Fracture Mechanics. 91: pp. 133-150.

The semi-circular bend (SCB) specimen was suggested in 1984 for testing mode I fracture toughness of rock and other geo or brittle materials. Since then SCB has been used worldwide, extended and improved for many other applications by various researchers. Formulations for mode I and mixed mode fracture of this specimen proposed by a number of researchers are presented. Methods to determine fracture toughness using both straight notched and chevron-notched specimens have been proposed although the general consensus is that a specimen having a sharp straight notch should yield accurate fracture toughness. Other applications of SCB specimen include testing of rock subjected to in situ conditions such as elevated temperature, confining pressure and pore water pressure. Furthermore it has been proven that it is a suitable specimen to test fracture toughness of rock at very high strain rates. Areas requiring further research to improve the accuracy of formulations are identified.

dc.subjectFracture mechanics
dc.subjectFinite element analysis
dc.subjectBrittle fracture
dc.subjectStress intensity factor
dc.subjectToughness testing
dc.subjectDynamic fracture
dc.subjectMixed mode fracture
dc.titleFracture toughness testing of brittle materials using semi-circular bend (SCB) specimen
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleEngineering Fracture Mechanics
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