Linear finite element analysis has for many years been widely used in the civil and mechanical engineering fields and, in particular, in the construction, automotive, aerospace, and offshore sectors. Finite element analysis is an integral part of the design cycle in many companies.
Finite element programs that have the capability to solve non-linear problems have also been available for many years, although they were originally used in the more specialised industries typified by nuclear and aerospace engineering. However, the application of non-linear finite element analysis to more general engineering has been growing rapidly, using commercially available packages of high quality and reliability.
The use of finite elements to solve fracture mechanics problems has also developed in parallel with this improving technology. Defects such as sharp cracks can be included in finite element models and analysed using the relevant linear or non-linear solution processes. In addition to the usual finite element outputs, special quantities can also be calculated which are of relevance to fracture mechanics, to indicate the conditions due to the presence of the defects.
This book aims to describe the background to fracture mechanics, and how the main fracture results can be calculated from the different types of finite element analysis. Discussion is included on how to use finite elements effectively, and several examples illustrate the concepts and potential accuracy that can be achieved.
|Date||1st January 2001|
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