FE-Techniques for Crack Analysis in Elastic-Plastic Structures

  • Meinhard KunaEmail author
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 201)


FEM has become an indispensable tool for the stress analysis of crack configurations in elastic-plastic materials, as the physically and sometimes geometrically non-linear IBVPs in finite structures are not solvable with analytical methods. To model the material behavior, predominantly the incremental laws of plasticity with various hardening types introduced in Sect. A.4.2 come in to question. Here too, the goal of the computations is to determine the fracture-mechanical loading parameters for ductile crack initiation and crack propagation.


Plastic Zone Crack Front Process Zone Fracture Process Zone Crack Opening Displacement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute für Mechanik und FluiddynamikTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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