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I want to model 3D crack propagation in Abaqus Explicit. For this I am thinking of using the *shear failure option with element deletion. The path of the crackin my models is not known. I have some basic questions in this regard.
1. Is *shear failure a good approach to model crack propagation ?
2. I am modeling crack growth in geological materials. Usually cracks propagate in the trail of a damage zone. Can this (damage zone) be reproduced in Abaqus Explicit with *shear failure option ?
Thanks in Advance,