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Basic Fracture Mechanics. Including an Introduction to by R N L Smith (Auth.)

By R N L Smith (Auth.)

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The virtual crack extension method minimises the amount of recomputation required by using a very small change in crack length. The same mesh is used for both problems but co-ordinates of nodes around the crack tip are displaced slightly for the second solution giving a very small 8a. Energy Relationships 57 The J-integral The J-integral is an contour integral which is evaluated on a path enclosing the crack tip starting and finishing on the crack faces. 14. e. 14 (or any similar contour) it has the same value.

A general method should be capable of modelling an arbitrary twoor three-dimensional elastic region containing one or more cracks or holes of any shape or size. A specialised method may require a new mathematical form to cater for a different crack or component shape. 44 Stress intensity factors Specialised methods are of immense value to the study of fracture problems since they tend to be more accurate and more efficient than general methods. They provide 'benchmark' solutions of high accuracy against which other methods can be judged.

1 Displacement extrapolation The stress intensity factor is defined by an expression of the form The displacement extrapolation technique attempts to obtain this limiting value by plotting a series of if-values computed at different distances r from the crack tip. A program such as KDISP above could be used to obtain K-values from displacements on element nodes. 12. 12 Displacement extrapolation back to r = 0 to obtain the 'optimal' value of K. The disadvantage of this approach is that a suitable series of displacement values must be found sufficiently close to the crack tip that r is 'small' and yet not so close that numerical accuracy is lost.

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