Crack Growth Simulation of Arbitrarily Shaped 3D Cracks Using Finite Element Alternating Method
In order to simulate the growth of arbitrarily shaped three dimensional cracks, the finite element alternating method is extended. As the required analytical solution for a crack in an infinite body, the symmetric Galerkin boundary element method formulated by Li and Mear is used. In the study, a crack is modeled as distribution of displacement discontinuities, and the governing equation is formulated as singularity-reduced integral equations. With the proposed method several example problems for three dimensional cracks in an infinite solid, as well as their growth under fatigue, are solved and the accuracy and efficiency of the method are demonstrated.
Young-Jin Kim, Dong-Ho Bae and Yun-Jae Kim
T. S. Kim et al., "Crack Growth Simulation of Arbitrarily Shaped 3D Cracks Using Finite Element Alternating Method", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 297-300, pp. 1056-1061, 2005