Modelling dynamic cohesive crack propagation using the scaled boundary finite element method

ET Ooi, James Yang, ZY Guo

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This study develops a scaled boundary finite element method (SBFEM)‐based approach for modelling fast cohesive crack propagation in quasi‐brittle materials subjected to transient dynamic loadings. In this approach, the elastic bulk material is modelled by SBFEM subdomains and the cracks by nonlinear cohesive interface finite elements that are automatically inserted by a remeshing procedure. The global equation system is solved using an implicit time integration algorithm. Because all the solutions (displacements, stresses, velocities, accelerations) are semi‐analytical in an SBFEM subdomain, this approach offers a few advantages over other methods, such as accurate calculation of dynamic stress intensity factors and T‐stress without using fine crack‐tip meshes, simpler remeshing, more accurate and efficient mesh mapping, and the need of much fewer degrees of freedom for the same accuracy. The approach is validated by modelling two concrete beams under impact, subjected to mode‐I and mixed‐mode fracture, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)786-800
Number of pages15
JournalFatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Issue number8
Early online date16 May 2012
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


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