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Self-similar crack expansion method for three-dimensional crack analysis. (English) Zbl 0914.73075
The self-similar crack expansion method is developed to calculate stress intensity factors for three-dimensional cracks in an infinite medium or semi-infinite medium by the boundary integral element technique. With this method, the stress intensity factors at crack tips are determined by calculating the crack-opening displacements over the crack surface, and the crack expansion rate, which is related to the crack energy release rate, is estimated by using a technique based on self-similar (virtual) crack extension. For elements on the crack surface, regular integrals and singular integrals are evaluated based on closed-form expressions, which improves the accuracy. Examples show that this method yields very accurate results for stress intensity factors of penny-shaped cracks and elliptic cracks in the full space.

74S15 Boundary element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74R99 Fracture and damage
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