X-FEM in isogeometric analysis for linear fracture mechanics

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  • E. De Luycker,

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    1. Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, U.S.A.
    2. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60280, U.S.A.
    • Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, U.S.A.
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  • D. J. Benson,

    1. Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, U.S.A.
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  • T. Belytschko,

    1. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60280, U.S.A.
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  • Y. Bazilevs,

    1. Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, U.S.A.
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  • M. C. Hsu

    1. Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, U.S.A.
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Abstract

The extended finite element method (X-FEM) has proven to be an accurate, robust method for solving problems in fracture mechanics. X-FEM has typically been used with elements using linear basis functions, although some work has been performed using quadratics. In the current work, the X-FEM formulation is incorporated into isogeometric analysis to obtain solutions with higher order convergence rates for problems in linear fracture mechanics. In comparison with X-FEM with conventional finite elements of equal degree, the NURBS-based isogeometric analysis gives equal asymptotic convergence rates and equal accuracy with fewer degrees of freedom (DOF). Results for linear through quartic NURBS basis functions are presented for a multiplicity of one or a multiplicity equal the degree. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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