This paper presents the application of weight function method for the calculation of stress intensity factors in embedded elliptical cracks under complex two-dimensional loading conditions. A new general mathematical form of point load weight function is proposed based on the properties of weight functions and the available weight functions for two-dimensional cracks. The existence of this general weight function form has simplified the determination of point load weight functions significantly. For an embedded elliptical crack of any aspect ratio, the unknown parameters in the general form can be determined from one reference stress intensity factor solution. This method was used to derive the weight functions for embedded elliptical cracks in an infinite body and in a semi-infinite body. The derived weight functions are then validated against available stress intensity factor solutions for several linear and non-linear stress distributions. The derived weight functions are particularly useful for the fatigue crack growth analysis of planer embedded cracks subjected to fluctuating non-linear stress fields resulting from surface treatment (shot peening), stress concentration or welding (residual stress).

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Keywords Embedded elliptical crack, Stress intensity factor, Two-dimensional stress fields, Weight function
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Journal International Journal of Fatigue
Wang, X, & Glinka, G. (Grzegorz). (2009). Determination of approximate point load weight functions for embedded elliptical cracks. International Journal of Fatigue, 31(11-12), 1816–1827. doi:10.1016/j.ijfatigue.2008.12.002