Application of Abaqus to Analysis of 3D Cracks and Fatigue Crack Growth Prediction

C.Timbrell, P.W.Claydon, G.Cook

Abaqus Users' Conference, Rhode Island, U.S.A., June 1-3 1994

A practical and well proven method is presented for generation of 3D meshes for modelling cracks, including fully automatic techniques for 3D (non-planar) fatigue crack growth prediction. The techniques, used successfully in various industries for a number of years, have recently been applied for the first time with ABAQUS. Results are presented for a number of cases, including comparisons against theoretical and experimental data.