BIE Fracture Mechanics Analysis 25 Years of Developments
The purpose of this paper is to provide a selective review of the unique properties of the boundary integral equation (BIE) method for problems in fracture mechanics. The paper draws on the extensive literature that has been developed over the past twenty-five years. Fracture mechanics problems have provided one of the most important applications of BIE formulations in solid mechanics and is one of the principal areas of application of the methods. In particular, the paper will focus on the role played by the Somigliana stress identity in providing unique algorithms and numerical results for fracture mechanics analysis not available to the finite element method.
KeywordsStress Intensity Factor Boundary Integral Equation Stress Singularity Strain Energy Release Rate Fracture Mechanic Analysis
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