The paper presents the application of a boundary element scheme to the study of the behavior of a penny-shaped matrix crack which occurs at an isolated fiber which is frictionally constrained. An incremental technique is used to examine the progression of self similar extension of the matrix crack due to the axial straining of the composite region. The extension of the crack occurs at the attainment of the critical stress intensity factor in the crack opening mode. Iterative techniques are used to determine the extent to crack enlargement and the occurrence of slip and locked regions in the factional fiber-matrix interface. The studies illustrate the role of fiber-matrix interface friction on the development of stable cracks in such frictionally constrained zones. The methodologies are applied to typical isolated fiber configurations of interest to fragmentation tests.

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