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Robustness of XFEM Method for the Simulation of Cracks Propagation in Fracture Mechanics Problems

Aniello Riccio1, Umberto Caruso1, Antonio Raimondo1 and Andrea Sellitto1
  • 1 Second University of Naples, Italy

Abstract

In the present paper a numerical sensitivity analysis is presented with the aim to assess the effectiveness of the X-FEM method for fracture mechanics applications. Different test cases have been adopted for the numerical analyses to point out the X-FEM method behavior in 2-D and 3-D elastic and elasto-plastic conditions. Comparisons with a standard ductile damage model have been carried out to highlight the advantages of the XFEM method in terms of mesh size and shape independency when simulating cracks propagation.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 3, 2016, 599-610

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.599.610

Submitted On: 11 July 2016 Published On: 15 August 2016

How to Cite: Riccio, A., Caruso, U., Raimondo, A. & Sellitto, A. (2016). Robustness of XFEM Method for the Simulation of Cracks Propagation in Fracture Mechanics Problems. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 9(3), 599-610. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2016.599.610

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Keywords

  • XFEM
  • Crack Propagation
  • Fracture Mechanics