Crack Path Analysis Technical Brief
Abstract: The objective of this work revolves around a need for an accurate numerical simulation method that computes the stress intensity factors (SIF) along a predicted crack propagation path for planar two dimensional bodies. In response to this need, ESRD has developed an automated procedure in StressCheck®, a p-version finite element analysis (FEA) tool, that computes through-crack stress intensity factors for mode I and mode II along a predicted crack propagation path. This functionality is applicable to planar analysis (2D plate with in-plane loading). The trajectory of the crack is determined by a relationship between mode I and mode II SIF’s (K1 and K2) and is shown to be very accurate.
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The capabilities available with BAMF, AFGROW and StressCheck® are highly advanced and offer significant potential to achieve the high-level goal of TITANS –to reduce the need to conduct expensive and time consuming physical tests and to rely more on simulation.
Dr. Kevin WalkerDefence Science and Technology Group – Melbourne, Australia