Recent results on the brittle fracture of terfenol-D specimens under magnetic field

Marco Colussi, Filippo Berto, Kotaro Mori, Fumio Narita

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The following investigation has the purpose of describing, both experimentally and numerically, the fracture behavior of a giant magnetostrictive alloy commercially known as Terfenol-D. Single-edge precracked specimens have been analyzed via three-point bending tests, measuring fracture loads in the presence and absence of a magnetic field at various loading rates. The Strain Energy Density (SED), averaged in a finite control volume, has recently proved to be an excellent method of predicting brittle failures of cracked, U- and V-notched specimens made out of different materials. The effects of the magnetic field and of the loading rate on Terfenol-D failures have been studied, as well as discussing the ability of SED criterion to seize these effects, by performing coupled-field finite element analyses. Finally, a relationship between the size of the SED’s control volume and the loading rate has been proposed and failures have then been estimated in terms of averaged SED.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1246
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Fracture
  • Magnetostriction
  • Strain energy density
  • Terfenol-D


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