Extended finite element method in computational fracture mechanics: a retrospective examination

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this paper, we provide a retrospective examination of the developments and applications of the extended finite element method (X-FEM) in computational fracture mechanics. Our main attention is placed on the modeling of cracks (strong discontinuities) for quasistatic crack growth simulations in isotropic linear elastic continua. We provide a historical perspective on the development of the method, and highlight the most important advances and best practices as they relate to the formulation and numerical implementation of the X-FEM for fracture problems. Existing challenges in the modeling and simulation of dynamic fracture, damage phenomena, and capturing the transition from continuum-to-discontinuum are also discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sukumar, N; Dolbow, JE; Moës, N

Published Date

  • November 1, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 196 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 189 - 206

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2673

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0376-9429

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10704-015-0064-8

Citation Source

  • Scopus