A consistency-check based algorithm for element condensation in augmented finite element methods for fracture analysis

W. Liu, D. Schesser, Qingda Yang, D. S. Ling

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This paper reports a new algorithm that provides analytic solution to the equilibrium equation in A-FEM. It utilizes a consistency check between trial cohesive stiffness and resulting displacements to differentiate crack displacements from nodal displacements. Benchmark numerical tests demonstrate that the algorithm yields superior numerical accuracy, efficiency, and robustness to other methods. The overall improvement in numerical efficiency is ~50 times that of the phantom-node based A-FEM in modeling a 4-point shear beam test. For mixed-mode composite delamination problems, the A-FEM with the algorithm is 20-30% faster than standard CZM despite that in the CZM delamination paths are pre-defined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-97
Number of pages20
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
StatePublished - May 1 2015



  • Augmented finite element method
  • Cohesive zone models
  • Fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)

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