Following the theory of linear piezoelectricity, a forth-power stress intensity factor crack growth equation in an orthotropic piezoelectric ceramic strip is developed under mode III loading. The crack is situated symmetrically and oriented in a direction parallel to the edges of the strip. Dugdale's assumption regarding the plastic zone in metals is applied to estimate the effects of yield around the crack tips. Fourier transforms are used to reduce the electroelastic problem to one involving the numerical solution of a Fredholm integral equation of the second kind. A direct approach based on the accumulated plastic displacement criterion for crack propagation is used to develop the equation to predict the fatigue crack growth. Graphical results showing the effect of electroelastic interactions on the fatigue crack growth rate are presented.
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