## Abstract

This paper deals with a finite-element procedure for the calculation of modes I, II and III stress intensity factors, which vary, along an arbitrarily curved three-dimensional crack front in a structural component. The finite-element model is based on a modified variational principle of potential energy with relaxed continuity requirements for displacements at the interelement boundary. The variational principle is a three-field principle, with the arbitrary interior displacements for the element, interelement boundary displacements, and element boundary tractions as variables. The unknowns in the final algebraic system of equations, in the present displacement-hybrid finite element model, are the nodal displacements and the three elastic stress intensity factors.

Original language | English |
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State | Published - 1975 |