StressCheck Tutorial: Computation of Kt and Crack Initiation Beta Factor for a 2D Notched Plate in Tension
Abstract: Modeling and analysis of a Planar specimen with a circular notch for a) stress concentration factor (Kt) computation and b) stress intensity factor (SIF) computation for an initial flaw size at the root of the circular notch. The SIF can then be converted to a beta factor for use in fatigue life calculations in other software tools.
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“Accurate and reliable stresses and Stress Intensity Factors are required for determination of static and residual strength and for crack growth analyses in analysis tools such as AFGROW. For some geometries, industry solutions are either insufficient or nonexistent. The geometry, applied forces, and crack shapes and dimensions must be modeled reasonably well to obtain useful engineering data. The p-version finite element software StressCheck® (ESRD, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, USA) is used to demonstrate how accurate finite element solutions can lead to good quality engineering analysis.”