Experimental evaluation of mode II fracture properties of Eucalyptus globulus L.

Almudena Majano-Majano, Antonio José Lara-Bocanegra, José Xavier, José J. L. Morais

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Abstract

Eucalyptus globulus Labill is a hardwood species of broad growth in temperate climates, which is receiving increasing interest for structural applications due to its high mechanical properties. Knowing the fracture behaviour is crucial to predict, through finite element models, the load carrying capacity of engineering designs with possibility of brittle failures such as elements with holes, notches, or certain types of joints. This behaviour can be adequately modelled on a macroscopic scale by the constitutive cohesive law. A direct identification of the cohesive law of Eucalyptus globulus L. in Mode II was performed by combining end-notched flexure (ENF) tests with digital image correlation (DIC) for radial-longitudinal crack propagation system. The critical strain energy release for this fracture mode, which represents the material toughness to crack-growth, was determined by applying the Compliance Based Beam Method (CBBM) as data reduction scheme and resulted in a mean value of 1.54 N/mm.

Original languageEnglish
Article number745
JournalMaterials
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Cohesive law
  • DIC
  • ENF
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Fracture
  • Mode II
  • R-curve
  • Timber

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