The problem of a transversely isotropic composite containing an external circular crack is investigated using the method of Hankel transforms. A pair of tensile vibratory forces of equal amplitude are applied normal to the crack surface at infinity. A complete contour integration is employed to simplify the expressions of the results.

An exact expression of the dynamic stress-intensity factor is obtained as a function of the force frequency and the anisotropic material constants. The normalized dynamic stress-intensity factor is shown to have different maximum values at different force frequencies for the sample fiber-reinforced and metal matrix composites.

The deviation of the dynamic crack surface displacement from the associated static displacement is also shown to be dependent on the force frequency and the anisotropy of the material.

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