Prediction of the plastic zone in front of the crack tip has been done using a modified Dugdale's model for strain hardening low density polyethylene. By knowing the strain hardening index n, yield stress crv, crack length a, and average stress acting far away from the crack a~, the size of the plastic zone, rp, can be calculated. Simulation seems to be promising for the ratio of rp to the ligament length, b, falling in the range of 6-24%. If ra/b is <6%, restriction from the elastic domain seems to affect the expansion of the plastic zone. For rp/b > 24%, the plastic zone becomes so large that the HRR stress singularity together with the boundary condition used in this simulation may lose its significance and the resultant stress distribution deviates from the real situation. A detailed evaluation of the stress function inside the plastic zone is needed before further comment can be made.
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Evaluation of the plastic zone at the crack tip of strain hardening low density polyethylene / Min-Diaw Wang, E. Nakanishi*, Y. Hashizume and S. Hibi // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 2715-2719.