Symmetric Galerkin BEM in 3D Elasticity: Computational Aspects and Applications to Fracture Mechanics

  • Novati Giorgio
  • Frangi Attilio
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 433)


The formulation of the symmetric Galerkin BEM for 3D elastic fracture mechanics problems and some relevant computational aspects are presented in this paper; the method is employed for the evaluation of stress intensity factors and for the modeling of fatigue crack growth. In the latter context a propagation algorithm has been developed and implemented into a fully automated numerical code which is used to analyze two example problems concerning the fatigue growth of surface breaking cracks.


Fatigue Crack Growth Boundary Element Method Crack Front Computational Aspect Elliptical Crack 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Novati Giorgio
    • 1
  • Frangi Attilio
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Structural EngineeringUniversity of TrentoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Structural EngineeringPolitecnico of MilanItaly

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