A numerical analysis of quasi-static, steady state crack growth in superelastic Shape Memory Alloys (SMAs) under small-scale transformation conditions is carried out for plane strain, mode I loading. Crack growth is assumed to proceed at a critical level of the crack-tip energy release rate. Finite-element results concerning the mechanical fields near the advancing crack tip are presented and the ratio of the far-field applied energy release rate to the crack-tip energy release rate is obtained for a range of thermomechanical parameters. A substantial fracture toughening is observed associated with closure stresses placed on the crack tip by the transformed material left behind in the wake of the advancing crack tip.

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