2000 Volume 43 Issue 4 Pages 334-342
In this paper, first, the concepts of the separated J integrals and the separated energy release rates, which have the physical significance of the energy release rates from corresponding material sides of a bimaterial are briefly presented. Phase-shifting moire interferometry is used to investigate interfacial crack-tip behavior of a bimaterial specimen, which is fabricated of epoxy and aluminum. The loading angle to the interfacial crack is systematically changed. The inplane displacement fields near the interface crack are recorded by the phase-shifting moire interferometry. Using the measured displacement fields, the stress intensity factors and the separated energy release rates are evaluated. From the theoretical and experimental results, it is found that the compliant meterial (epoxy) side provides considerably larger fracture energy to the interfacial crack tip.