Reference : smooth nodal stress in the XFEM for crack propagation simulations
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smooth nodal stress in the XFEM for crack propagation simulations
Peng, Xuan [Institute of Mechanics and Advanced Materials > School of Engineering, Cardiff University]
Bordas, Stéphane mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Engineering Research Unit >]
Natarajan, Sundararajan [The University of New South Wales > School of Environmental Engineering]
X. Peng, S. Bordas and S. Natarajan. Smooth nodal stress in the XFEM for crack propagation simulations. XFEM 2013 thematic conference, Lyon, France, Sep. 11-13, 2013
Internatiaonal Conference On Extended Finite Element Methods - XFEM 2013, Lyon France
from 11-09-2013 to 13-09-2013
[en] twice-interpolating approximation ; high order element ; smooth nodal stress ; extended finite element method ; crack propagation
[en] In this paper, we present a method to achive smooth nodal stresses in the XFEM without post-processing. This method was developed by borrowing ideas from ``twice interpolating approximations'' (TFEM) [1]. The salient feature of the method is to introduce an ``average'' gradient into the construction of the approximation, resulting in improved solution accuracy, both in the vicinity of the crack tip and in the far field. Due to the high order polynomial basis provided by the interpolants, the new approximation enhances the smoothness of the solution without requiring an increased number of degrees of freedom. This is particularly advantageous for low-order elements and in fracture mechanics, where smooth stresses are important for certain crack propagation criteria, e.g. based on maximum principal stresses. Since the new approach adopts the same mesh discretization, i.e. simplex meshes, it can be easily extended into various problems and is easily implemented.

We discuss the increase in the bandwidth which is the major drawback of the present method and can be somewhat alleviated by using an element-by-element solution strategy. Numerical tests show that the new method is as robust as XFEM, considering precision, model size and post-processing time. By comparing in detail the behaviour of the method on crack propagation examples, we can conclude that for two-dimensional problems, the proposed method tends to be an efficient alternative to the classical XFEM [2][3] especially when local, stress-based propagation criteria are used.
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