Boundary element implementation of a rough crack constitutive model

M. P. Divaker, A. Fafitis

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The boundary element applications of a micromechanics based constitutive model for rough cracks previously developed by the authors is presented. This constitutive model considers the off-diagonal terms in the crack stiffness matrix, and it relates the normal and shear stresses on the rough crack to the corresponding displacement discontinuities. A brief introduction to the boundary element method is presented to illustrate the application of the constitutive model. Formulations are then developed for modeling discontinuities such as frictional interfaces present in a continuos media. The constitutive model is used as a boundary condition to couple to subregions on either side of the discontinuity. Examples of boundary element modeling of frictional interfaces are then presented and discussed with respect to test results. It is shown that the constitutive model developed by the authors can be implemented in the boundary element method without any difficulty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Division (Publication) PD
EditorsDavid Hui, Thomas J. Kozik
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
PublisherPubl by ASME
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 1991
EventProceedings of the 14th Annual Energy-Sources Technology Conference and Exhibition - Houston, TX, USA
Duration: Jan 20 1991Jan 23 1991


OtherProceedings of the 14th Annual Energy-Sources Technology Conference and Exhibition
CityHouston, TX, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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