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Numerically integrated modified virtual crack closure integral technique for 2-D crack problems

Palani, GS and Dattaguru, B and Iyer, Nagesh R (2004) Numerically integrated modified virtual crack closure integral technique for 2-D crack problems. In: Structural Engineering and Mechanics, 18 (6). pp. 731-744.

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Modified virtual crack closure integral (MVCCI) technique has become very popular for computation of strain energy release rate (SERR) and stress intensity factor (SIF) for 2-D crack problems. The objective of this paper is to propose a numerical integration procedure for MVCCI so as to generalize the technique and make its application much wider. This new procedure called as numerically integrated MVCCI (NI-MVCCI) will remove the dependence of MVCCI equations on the type of finite element employed in the basic stress analysis. Numerical studies on fracture analysis of 2-D crack (mode I and II) problems have been conducted by employing 4-noded, 8-noded (regular & quarter-point), 9-noded and 12-noded finite elements. For non-singular (regular) elements at crack tip, NI-MVCCI technique generates the same results as MVCCI, but the advantage for higher order regular and singular elements is that complex equations for MVCCI need not be derived. Gauss numerical integration rule to be employed for 8-noded singular (quarter-point) element for accurate computation of SERR and SIF has been recommended based on the numerical studies.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Structural Engineering and Mechanics
Publisher: Techno Press
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Techno Press.
Keywords: fracture mechanics;finite element method;stress intensity factor;strain energy release rate;numerical integration
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Aerospace Engineering(Formerly Aeronautical Engineering)
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2005
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2014 05:29
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/2610

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