Bradley, Slay, Self, Register, Lamborn
# 1998 Gothenburg
The crack growth rate in HMN 5202 and HXM 50100 polyethylcne has bcen studied as a function of stress intensity using deeply notched three-point bend specimens. l'he load-line displacen~entin response to a static applied load has been measured, with tlie material compliance as a function of time determined from the specimen compliance prior to the initiation of crack growth. Measured specimen compliance as a function of time after crack growth begins is used to determine crack g r o w ~ hrate as a function of stress intensity. The crack growth rate has been shown to be a fi~nctionof stress intensity. giving the same crack growth rate h r very different combinations of load and crack length. tvith excellent repeatability. The experimentally determined crack growth rate as a Cunction of stress intensity has beell compared to theoretical predictions by Willia~nsand Scliapery. This comparison implies that both critical crack tip opening displacement, 6,,, and critical energy rclease rate, G , , increasc with increasing crack q r o ~ t l rate. i The results also show that the crack growth rate is significantly reduced by plane stress conditions at the surface of tlie specimen.