The contour integral method for loaded cracks

J. P. Pereira, C. A. Duarte

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An extension of the contour integral method (CIM) for the computation of stress intensity factors for loaded cracks is presented. Numerical solutions of the two-dimensional linear elasticity equations are computed with the p-version of the generalized finite element method. Polynomial enrichment functions as well as enrichment with near crack tip asymptotic expansion are used. The robustness of the formulation with respect to the size of the extraction domain and the convergence of the computed stress intensity factors and energy release rate are analysed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-432
Number of pages12
JournalCommunications in Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Contour integral method
  • Generalized finite element method
  • Loaded cracks
  • Stress intensity factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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