Analysis of Mode III Elastodynamic Cracked Plane Using the Fractal Two-Level Finite Element Method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)602-610
Journal / PublicationMechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2011


In this article, the fractal two-level finite element method, which has mainly been used for static crack problems, is applied to mode III elastodynamic plane crack problems. Using the transformation process in the proposed method, the infinite dimension of the finite element matrices that are assembled for a singular region is made finite in terms of the dynamics stress intensity factors directly and, thus, the computational time and errors can be reduced significantly. The Newmark time integration scheme is then used to obtain the dynamic stress intensity factors for different crack cases. The results from the proposed method are in reasonable agreement with those of classical methods. A parametric study is conducted to investigate the effects of different parameters on the accuracy of the dynamic stress intensity factor.

Research Area(s)

  • dynamic stress intensity factor, fractal finite element method, plane crack