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Tearing of an infinite strip. 37 PRINCIPLES OF FRACTURE MECHANICS 4. THE STRESS INTENSITY FACTOR Consider now a linearly elastic solid containing a dominant flaw which may be represented by a plane crack having a smooth curve as a boundary. Upon loading, some inelastic deformations will develop around the edge of the crack. This toroidal region along the crack front in which all the energy dissipation is assumed to take place will be called the "fracture process zone". Let the characteristic size of the crack and the process zone size be a and p, respectively.
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