Analyzing interaction between coplanar square cracks using an efficient boundary element-free method

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1184-1198
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2012


This paper examines the interaction between coplanar square cracks by combining the moving least-squares (MLS) approximation and the derived boundary integral equation (BIE). A new traction BIE involving only the Cauchy singular kernels is derived by applying integration by parts to the traditional boundary integral formulation. The new traction BIE can be directly applied to a crack surface and no displacement BIE is necessary because all crack boundary conditions (both upper and lower ones) are incorporated. A boundary element-free method is then developed by combining the derived BIE and MLS approximation, in which the crack opening displacement is first expressed as the product of weight functions and the characteristic terms, and the unknown weight is approximated with the MLS approximation. The efficiency of the developed method is tested for isotropic and transversely isotropic media. The interaction between two and three coplanar square cracks in isotropic elastic body is numerically studied and the case of any number of coplanar square cracks is deduced and discussed. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Boundary integral equation, Element-free method, Moving least-squares approximation, Square cracks, Stress intensity factors