Comparison of DBEM and FEM Crack Path Predictions with Experimental Findings for a SEN-Specimen under Anti-Plane Shear Loading
In this paper detailed results of computational 3D fatigue crack growth simulations will be presented. The simulations for the crack path assessment are based on the DBEM code BEASY, and the FEM code ADAPCRACK 3D. The specimen under investigation is a SEN-specimen subject to pure anti-plane or out-of-plane four-point shear loading. The computational 3D fracture analyses deliver variable mixed mode II and III conditions along the crack front. Special interest is taken in this mode coupling effect to be found in stress intensity factor (SIF) results along the crack front. Further interest is taken in a 3D effect which is effective in particular at and adjacent to the two crack front corner points, that is where the crack front intersects the two free side surfaces of the specimen. Exactly at these crack front corner points fatigue crack growth initiates in the experimental laboratory test specimens, and develops into two separate anti-symmetric cracks with complex shapes, somehow similar to bird wings. The computational DBEM results are found to be in good agreement with these experimental findings and with FEM results previously obtained. Consequently, also for this new case, with complex 3D crack growth behaviour of two cracks, the functionality of the proposed DBEM and FEM approaches can be stated.
J. Alfaiate, M.H. Aliabadi, M. Guagliano and L. Susmel
R. G. Citarella and F. G. Buchholz, "Comparison of DBEM and FEM Crack Path Predictions with Experimental Findings for a SEN-Specimen under Anti-Plane Shear Loading", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 348-349, pp. 129-132, 2007