3D FE Fracture Mechanics Analysis for Industrial Applications

C.Timbrell, G.Cook

Seminar on "Inelastic Finite Element Analysis", Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London, October 14 1997

This paper gives an overview of techniques that have been used by Zentech for analysis of cracks in 3D geometries in a number of commercial applications. These techniques are incorporated into the Zentech program (Ref. 1) which is interfaced to Abaqus (Ref. 2) and Marc (Ref. 3). Simple demonstrative examples and some consultancy applications are included. Some of the difficulties encountered in this type of analysis are noted and future areas of interest are outlined.