The axisymmetric elastostatic problem of a cracked sphere embedded in a dissimilar matrix is solved by using the solution for a spherical cavity in an infinite medium together with the axisymmetric solution for a cracked sphere given in the companion paper in this issue of the Journal of Applied Mechanics, Pages 538-544. Numerical results are presented for (a) interface stress for various composites (b) dependence of the stress-intensity factor on the material parameters and ratios of crack to sphere radii, (c) the difference in the elastic strain energy for a cracked and uncracked composite.

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