Antiplane deformation of a partially bonded elliptical inclusion
A new method that introduces two holomorphic potential functions (the two-phase potentials) is applied to analyze the antiplane deformation of an elliptical inhomogeneity partially-bonded to an infinite matrix. Elastic fields are obtained when either the matrix is subject to a uniform longitudinal shear or the inhomogeneity undergoes a uniform shear transformation. The stress field possesses the square-root singularity of a Mode III interface crack, which, in the special case of a rigid line inhomogeneity, changes in order, as the crack tip approaches the inhomogeneity end. In the latter situation the crack-tip elastic fields are linear in two real stress intensity factors related to a strong and a weak singularity of the stress field.