In this paper, extensive three-dimensional finite element analysis is conducted to study the asymmetric four-point shear (AFPS) specimen: a widely used mixed mode I/II fracture test specimen. Complete solutions of fracture mechanics parameters KI, KII, KIII, T11, and T33 have been obtained for a wide range of a/W and t/W geometry combinations. It is demonstrated that the thickness of the specimen has a significant effect on the variation of fracture parameter values. Their effects on crack tip plastic zone are also investigated. The results presented here will be very useful for the toughness testing of materials under mixed-mode loading conditions.

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