Conference Presentation: AFGROW Plug-In Development
Abstract: AFGROW is a Damage Tolerance Analysis (DTA) framework that allows users to analyze crack initiation, fatigue crack growth, and fracture to predict the life of metallic structures. AFGROW Plug-In interface was a joint effort between AFRL, APES, Boeing, and LexTech, Inc. to automate crack growth via AFGROW and StressCheck.
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When performing parametric structural analysis, ESRD’s p-element StressCheck® FEA software is always my preferred choice due to the excellent solution quality, parametric framework, and superior computational efficiency. In fact, I recently used StressCheck® to generate stress intensity factors along a parametrically defined elliptical crack-tip across 3,000 unique geometric configurations. Considering multi-body contact was present and all simulations were performed using a laptop, this was a task well suited for StressCheck®.
Dr. Lee ZambinoResearcher, Villanova University