We considered a rectilinear crack in a thin elastic plate in this work. Stretching the plate in the direction perpendicular to the crack, compressive stresses appear in the vicinity of the crack, which lead to stability loss in the plain form of plate equilibrium at a certain tension level. This study is aimed at clarifying whether the stability loss contributes to crack growth or leads to deformation stabilization. The stress state of the plate in the initial post-critical stage is studied. An approximate analytical solution is proposed. The finite element method is used for solving the problem of stretching a plate after stability loss. The effect of the loss of a plain deformation form when a plate with a central crack is stretched to the level of the stress state in the vicinity of the crack tip is estimated. An analysis of the stressed state in the vicinity of the tip of the central crack under uniaxial tension suggests that, at possible local buckling near the crack, there is an increase in stretching stresses in the vicinity of the crack tip and so the load leading to fracture decreases.
Scopus subject areas