L. Marsavina E. Linul T. Voiconi D. M. Constantinescu D. A. Apostol


 In this paper are presented the crack initiation angles obtained in polyurethane (PUR) foams under mixed
mode loading. Closed cell rigid PUR foams having three different densities 100, 145, and 300 kg/m3 were investigated.
Experiments were performed using Asymmetric Semi-Circular Bend and Single Edge Crack specimens.
The obtained crack initiation values were compared with four fracture criteria to introduce: Maximum Tensile Stress, Strain Energy Density, Maximum Energy Release Rate and Equivalent Stress Intensity Factor, and a good agreement was observed. This allow to conclude that the theoretical fracture criteria developed for solid material could be used with success to predict the crack propagation angles in cellular materials like PUR foams. 


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Marsavina, L., Linul, E., Voiconi, T., Constantinescu, D. M. and Apostol, D. A. (2015) “On the crack path under mixed mode loading on PUR foams”, Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale, 9(34). doi: 10.3221/IGF-ESIS.34.43.