On the use of special crack tip elements in cracked elastic sheets

R. Jones, R. J. Callinan

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This paper presents a finite element method for determining the stress intensity factor in a cracked elastic sheet. Special cracked elements are placed around each crack tip; in each special element the stresses and displacements are derived from the exact stress function while the continuity of the displacements at the nodes is satisfied in a least square sense. A general procedure for evaluating the stiffness matrix of a cracked isotropic, or orthotropic, element is presented, and the numerical results obtained are compared with exact analytical results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1977
Externally publishedYes

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