Numerically determined enrichment functions for the extended finite element method and applications to bi-material anisotropic fracture and polycrystals

Alexander Menk, Stéphane P A Bordas

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Abstract

Strain singularities appear in many linear elasticity problems. A very fine mesh has to be used in the vicinity of the singularity in order to obtain acceptable numerical solutions with the finite element method (FEM). Special enrichment functions describing this singular behavior can be used in the extended finite element method (X-FEM) to circumvent this problem. These functions have to be known in advance, but their analytical form is unknown in many cases. Li et al. described a method to calculate singular strain fields at the tip of a notch numerically. A slight modification of this approach makes it possible to calculate singular fields also in the interior of the structural domain. We will show in numerical experiments that convergence rates can be significantly enhanced by using these approximations in the X-FEM. The convergence rates have been compared with the ones obtained by the FEM. This was done for a series of problems including a polycrystalline structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-828
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume83
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

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