Application of fracture mechanics to finger joints

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dc.contributor.advisor Professor W. G. Ferguson en
dc.contributor.advisor A. H. Bryant en Shi, Lihong en 2009-11-20T03:08:17Z en 2009-11-20T03:08:17Z en 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--Engineering)--University of Auckland, 2009. en
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dc.description.abstract Application of linear Elastic Fracture mechanics to the finger joint was studied through three aspects: computational analysis, experiments and statistical methods. After the study these following conclusions were found: 1. There is an effect of material mechanical properties on the strength of a cracked body where material orthotropy exists. The degree of the effect depends on the loading configuration, crack(s) location and size and ratio(s) of material properties. 2. Collinear cracks across a slab can be simply treated as an edge cracked slab if the pitch of collinear cracks is three times of the length of a crack. 3. Strength of a finger jointed specimen is related to components material properties and finger profile. 4. A specimen made by high quality grade timber jointed to low grade timber usually has its strength is neither increased nor decreased, unless the outer finger root is located on the component made from high quality grade timber. 5. When a finger jointed specimen failed at the finger joint, the fracture mostly happened at the outer finger root, a small proportion had the fracture initiate from the first inner tooth root. Propagation of fracture either went straight up first or went straight inclined first. As long as the length of a shouldered specimen increases, the straight up fracture propagation, F11 failure mode, becomes more unlikely. 6. Linear fracture mechanics can be applied to a finger jointed specimen but the implementation would not be simple. The direct implementation of linear fracture mechanics to finger jointed problems may lead to the unsatisfaction results and not be useful for practice. 7. Applied statistics to the test results, and the characteristic strength of a finger jointed specimen was evaluated. The lower tolerance limits of modulus of rupture for different finger profile finger jointed specimens is greater than the lower tolerance limits of timber grade F5. Finger jointing applied to lower grade timber will not reduce its lower tolerance limit (L.T.L.) but increase it. Apparent fracture toughness then was calculated based on the characteristic strength, and it was related to the thickness of a finger or length of a shoulder. en
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dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1927306 en
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dc.title Application of fracture mechanics to finger joints en
dc.type Thesis en Engineering en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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pubs.local.anzsrc 09 - Engineering en Faculty of Engineering en
dc.identifier.wikidata Q112882370

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