Enhanced XFA3D for fatigue crack growth and life prediction in aluminum structures

J. Shi*, J. Lua, N. Thammadi, David L Chopp

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A Three-Dimensional extended finite element method for the Abaqus finite element package (XFA3D) is developed and implemented for curvilinear fatigue crack growth and life prediction analysis of metallic structures. Given the presence of a relatively large plastic zone and the 3D crack growth behavior in a large scale aluminum structure, an advanced integration scheme along with a narrow band approach has been developed in the X-FEM framework with a level set description of initial and moving cracks. The proposed technique allows arbitrary insertion of initial cracks, independent of a base 3D model, and allows nonself- similar crack growth pattern without conforming to the existing mesh or local remeshing. The tool has shown its great potential to be used in various designs and analysis practices such as illustrated in the examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
StatePublished - Dec 16 2010
Event51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 12 2010Apr 15 2010

Other

Other51st AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period4/12/104/15/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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