Effect of Crack Length on Fracture Behavior of Particleboard


  • Yan Wang Hunan Normal University
  • Arif Caglar Konukcu Izmir Katip Celebi University


Particleboard, Fracture, Crack size, Fracture toughness, Specific fracture energy


The effect of crack length on the fracture behavior of particleboard was investigated using the single-edge-notched bending (SENB) test method under mode I loading. The initial slope (kinit), critical stress intensity factor (KIC), specific fracture energy (Gf), and brittleness number were calculated for five different crack length/specimen width (a/W) ratios varying from 0.1 to 0.9 at intervals of 0.2. The results show that the fracture properties were significantly higher for specimens with an a/W ratio of 0.1 than for the others. However, for the critical stress intensity factor and specific fracture energy, there were no significant differences among the a/W ratios of 0.3, 0.5, and 0.7 where the crack tip was placed in the core layer of the particleboard. In general, as the a/W ratio decreased, the stiffness of the material increased, and the specimens with an a/W ratio of 0.1 showed brittle behavior. However, there was no statistically significant difference between a/W ratios of 0.5 and 0.7.






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