The present paper is concerned with the effective numerical implementation of the two‐dimensional dual boundary element method, for linear elastic crack problems. The dual equations of the method are the displacement and the traction boundary integral equations. When the displacement equation is applied on one of the crack surfaces and the traction equation on the other, general mixed‐mode crack problems can be solved with a single‐region formulation. Both crack surfaces are discretized with discontinuous quadratic boundary elements; this strategy not only automatically satisfies the necessary conditions for the existence of the finite‐part integrals, which occur naturally, but also circumvents the problem of collocation at crack tips, crack kinks and crack‐edge corners. Examples of geometries with edge, and embedded crack are analysed with the present method. Highly accurate results are obtained, when the stress intensity factor is evaluated with the J‐integral technique. The accuracy and efficiency of the implementation described herein make this formulation ideal for the study of crack growth problems under mixed‐mode conditions.
International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering – Wiley
Published: Apr 30, 1992
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