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See detailStable 3D XFEM/vector-level sets for non-planar 3D crack propagation and comparison of enrichment schemes
Agathos, Konstantinos UL; Ventura, Giulio; Chatzi, Eleni et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2017)

We present a three-dimensional (3D) vector level set method coupled to a recently developed stable extended finite element method (XFEM). We further investigate a new enrichment approach for XFEM adopting ... [more ▼]

We present a three-dimensional (3D) vector level set method coupled to a recently developed stable extended finite element method (XFEM). We further investigate a new enrichment approach for XFEM adopting discontinuous linear enrichment functions in place of the asymptotic near-tip functions. Through the vector level set method, level set values for propagating cracks are obtained via simple geometrical operations, eliminating the need for solution of differential evolution equations. The first XFEM variant ensures optimal convergence rates by means of geometrical enrichment, i.e., the use of enriched elements in a fixed volume around the crack front, without giving rise to conditioning problems. The linear enrichment approach significantly simplifies implementation and reduces the computational cost associated with numerical integration. The two dicretization schemes are tested for different benchmark problems, and their combination to the vector level set method is verified for non-planar crack propagation problems. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical methods for fracture/cutting of heterogeneous materials
Sutula, Danas UL; Agathos, Konstantinos UL; Ziaei Rad, Vahid UL et al

Presentation (2016, December)

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See detailWell Conditioned and Optimally Convergent Extended Finite Elements and Vector Level Sets for Three-Dimensional Crack Propagation
Agathos, Konstantinos UL; Ventura, Giulio; Chatzi, Eleni et al

Scientific Conference (2016, June)

A three-dimensional (3D) version of the vector level set method [1] is combined to a well conditioned and optimally convergent XFEM variant in order to deal with non-planar three dimensional crack ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional (3D) version of the vector level set method [1] is combined to a well conditioned and optimally convergent XFEM variant in order to deal with non-planar three dimensional crack propagation problems. The proposed computational fracture method achieves optimal convergence rates by using tip enriched elements in a fixed volume around the crack front (geometrical enrichment) while keeping conditioning of the resulting system matrices in acceptable levels. Conditioning is controlled by using a three dimensional extension of the degree of freedom gathering technique [2]. Moreover, blending errors are minimized and conditioning is further improved by employing weight function blending and enrichment function shifting [3,4]. As far as crack representation is concerned, crack surfaces are represented by linear quadrilateral elements and the corresponding crack fronts by ordered series of linear segments. Level set values are obtained by projecting points at the crack surface and front respectively. Different criteria are employed in order to assess the quality of the crack representation. References [1] Ventura G., Budyn E. and Belytschko T. Vector level sets for description of propagating cracks in finite elements. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng. 58:1571-1592 (2003). [2] Laborde P., Pommier J., Renard Y. and Salaün M. High-order extended finite element method for cracked domains. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng. 64:354-381 (2005). [3] Fries T.P. A corrected XFEM approximation without problems in blending elements. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng. 75:503-532 (2008). [4] Ventura G., Gracie R. and Belytschko T. Fast integration and weight function blending in the extended finite element method. Int. J. Numer. Meth. Engng. 77:1-29 (2009). [less ▲]

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See detail3D Crack Detection Using an XFEM Variant and Global Optimization Algorithms
Agathos, Konstantinos UL; Chatzi, Eleni; Bordas, Stéphane UL

Scientific Conference (2016, May)

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