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    A Simplified Meshless Method for Dynamic Crack Growth

    Y.Y Zhang, L. Chen

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.31, No.3, pp. 189-200, 2008, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2008.031.189

    Abstract A simplified meshless method for dynamic crack growth is presented. The method uses an extrinsic enrichment based on a local partition of unity concept. The crack is represented by a set of crack segments. The crack segments are required to pass through the entire domain of influence of node. They are introduced when the maximum principal stress exceeds the uniaxial tensile strength. The crack segments are allowed to rotate in order to avoid too stiff system responses. The major advantage of our method is that it does not require algorithms to track the crack path. More >

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    An Efficient Model for Crack Propagation

    S.S. Xu, Y. Dong, Y. Zhang

    CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol.30, No.1, pp. 17-26, 2008, DOI:10.3970/cmes.2008.030.017

    Abstract A meshless method for arbitrary crack growths is presented. The new method is based on a local partition of unity by introducing additional degrees of freedom that determine the opening of the crack. The crack is modeled with overlapping crack segments located at the nodes. The crack segments are rotated at directional changes of the principal tensile stress such that smearing of the crack is avoided. Such smearing occurs in fixed crack method probably because of inaccurate stress state around the crack tip when the crack propagates. The key feature of our method is that it does not require algorithms… More >

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