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.
How to Cite
Authors are allowed to retain both the copyright and the publishing rights of their articles without restrictions.
Open Access Statement
Frattura ed Integrità Strutturale (Fracture and Structural Integrity, F&SI) is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the DOAI definition of open access.
F&SI operates under the Creative Commons Licence Attribution 4.0 International (CC-BY 4.0). This allows to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, to remix, transform and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially, but giving appropriate credit and providing a link to the license and indicating if changes were made.