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19)). Hayashi and Nemat-Nasser (1981) have obtained similar expressions for the SIFs at the kinked crack tip. The above results about small crack kinking also apply to FGMs becasue of the retention of the inverse square-root singular crack tip field in FGMs. Material nonhomogeneities influence the kink angle through their effects on SIFs under small kink conditions. Gu and Asaro (1997b) calculated the crack deflection angles for a double cantilever beam and a four point bending specimen using the above model.

Fracture criteria, or the crack initiation and growth conditions, often arise from analyses of the asymptotic stress and deformation fields near the crack tip. The validity of fracture mechanics to predict material failure lies in the fact that the fracture process zone around the crack tip is contained in a singular field of continuum mechanics and the failure is often govened by the controlling parameter(s) of the singular, or the crack tip dominance field. The study of fracture mechanics of FGMs thus begins with analyses of crack tip asymptotic stress and deformation fields.

21), [W+ - W-] denotes the jump in the strain energy density across the crack face, r c = r; with r; being physically coincident with r;, the superscripts (+) and (-) refer to the upper and lower crack faces, and nt = -n"k is the unit The material nonhomogeneity affects the outward normal vector to standard J-integral (Rice, 1968) by adding an area integral term. The relation between the Jie integral and the mode I and mode II SIFs was established for plane stress as (Eischen, 1987a): r;. 22) For plane strain, the Young's modulus at the crack tip Etip is replaced by E t ip/(l- /I~p).