Automatic Mixed-Mode Crack Propagation based on a Combined Hexahedral-Tetrahedral Approach


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In the present paper, a new method for inserting cracks with out-of-plane features is presented. Starting point is an arbitrary reference structure and a crack of any shape. The final cracked structure is represented by hexahedral elements in the crack-front region and tetrahedral elements in the remaining structure domain. The tetrahedron is employed to take advantage of the versatile meshing capabilities and the collapsed quarter-point hexahedron gives good crack-tip behaviour. Stress intensity factors are calculated from the asymptotic stress field, retrieved from the integration points near the crack-tip.



Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 348-349)

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J. Alfaiate, M.H. Aliabadi, M. Guagliano and L. Susmel




D. Bremberg and G. Dhondt, "Automatic Mixed-Mode Crack Propagation based on a Combined Hexahedral-Tetrahedral Approach ", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 348-349, pp. 581-584, 2007

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September 2007




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