Finite element analysis of plasticity-induced fatigue crack closure: An overview

Kiran Solanki, S. R. Daniewicz, Jr C. Newman

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Finite element analysis is perhaps the most commonly used numerical method to model plasticity-induced fatigue crack closure. The state-of-the-art is reviewed and a comprehensive overview is presented, summarizing issues which must be considered and emphasizing potential difficulties. These include mesh refinement level, crack advancement schemes, crack shape evolution, geometry effects, and crack opening value assessment techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-171
Number of pages23
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Compact tension (C(T))
  • Constraint
  • Crack closure
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Finite element analysis
  • Mesh refinement
  • Middle-crack tension (M(T))
  • Spike overload
  • T-stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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