Efficient calculation of stress intensity factors using virtual crack extension technique

James Yang, JF Chen, GD Holt

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This paper presents a finite element analysis of calculating stress intensity factors for Mode I, Mode II and mixed-mode planar fracture problems using the virtual crack extension technique. Results show that whilst the accuracy of the predicted stress intensity factors may be significantly improved upon by adding a small rosette around the crack tip, this improvement is strongly dependent on the size of the rosette. A new procedure is devised to estimate the stress intensity factors by using two calculations with different rosette sizes for a given mesh. The new method provides robust estimating ability, even for very coarse meshes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2705-2715
Number of pages11
JournalComputers & Structures
Issue number31
Early online date22 Oct 2001
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


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