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JSW 2013 Vol.8(5): 1145-1150 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.8.5.1145-1150

Using Finite Element Software to Simulation Fracture Behavior of Three-point Bending Beam with Initial Crack

Chao Zhang1, Peng Cao2, Yixiang Cao2, Jianbo Li1
1China Road and Bridge Corporation, C88 Zhonglu Plaza, Andingmenwai Street, Beijing
2School of Transportation Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Haihe Street, Nangang District, Harbin

Abstract—Using computation software to simulate fracture behaviors of structures can shorten the time to estimate safety of engineering structures and reduce a lot of cost of experiment. However three dimensional numerical simulation for fracture process is a challenging issue, because the convergence and accuracy are not easily obtained and high computational cost is generated. In this paper, three new fracture mechanics models, including cohesive model, virtual crack closure technique (short for VCCT) and extended finite element method (short for XFEM) have been utilized to simulate and analysis the fracture process of the three-point bending beam with initial notch based on the finite element software platform – Abaqus version 6.11. The numerical results have shown that three different methods can be used to simulate different fracture toughness materials and fracture types. Meanwhile,based on Abaqus software platform and parallel computing technology, this type of simulations could be completed in personal computers.

Index Terms—Concrete, initial crack, numerical simulation, crack propagation.

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Cite: Chao Zhang, Peng Cao, Yixiang Cao, Jianbo Li, "Using Finite Element Software to Simulation Fracture Behavior of Three-point Bending Beam with Initial Crack," Journal of Software vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 1145-1150, 2013.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency: Monthly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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