The endurance of graphite subjected to successive impacts of varying magnitude

M. Birch, J. E. Brocklehurst, J. P. Heggie, N. Taylor

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    This paper develops a fracture mechanics model of the impact endurance of graphite. The model, based on crack growth, defines the probability of failure for a material with an inherent flaw variability, subjected to repeated impacts of different magnitude chosen randomly from an applied stress distribution. A special experiment was mounted on a particular graphite to test the general model. The predicted performance using the model gave a good description of the experimental behaviour. The relatively small differences observed are attributed to statistical uncertainties associated with both the experiment and the data on which the model is based. © 1985.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)645-653
    Number of pages8
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1985


    • fatigue
    • fracture
    • Graphite
    • impact


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