A new finite element technique for calculating energy release rates is presented. An explicit expression for energy changes due to virtual crack extensions is formulated based on a variation of isoparametric element mappings. Energy release rates are calculated directly from integral expressions evaluated over singular quarter‐point isoparametric elements surrounding the crack tip. Since the energy release rates are expressed in variational form, there is no need for the analyst to select a small finite crack extension to simulate a virtual crack extension. The method is shown to produce very accurate solutions even with fairly coarse element meshes. A similar technique for mixed‐mode fracture based on mutual potential energy release rates is described.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering|
|State||Published - Feb 1985|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Numerical Analysis
- Applied Mathematics