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Non-linear energy release rate (JI,JII,JIII)

Hi all,

I am currently working on mooney-rivlin materials. I wonder if someone have tried to compute GI, GII and GIII with the EDI because I don't understand how to compute WIII with mooney-rivlin.

Thanks a lot

Joachim Guilie

Analysis of KII for Mode II loading using ansys


 Iam pursuing my PhD in Fracture mechanics.  The thing is I analysed a crack problem with straight crack front and subjected to mode I loading using ansys i.e Three point bending. I was able to get the result for SIF I (KI) in ansys. I took the local coordinate system at the crack tip using three nodes.

Fracture Mechanics vs. Damage Mechanics

I was wondering what are the advantages of damage mechanics and fracture mechanics over each other? Specially in order to model the delamination phenomenon.

Strain Based Fracture Mechanics

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Can anyone give me some tips within strain based fracture mechanics. My problem is predicting the fatigue life of a gusset speciemen, using strain based FM. I have read some litterature, but have problems on understanding the order of calculating, and methods of solving the equations. If anyone could help me understanding, I would be greatful.


Sean Angus

Strain Based Fracture Mechanics


I`m new to this webpage, and hope for some good answers for use in my masters degree within fatigue. Currently I`m working on calculating the total life of a gusset specimen using strain based fracture mecahnics. I`ve read som articles on the topic, but have some difficulties on understanding the calculations itself. I`m using Excel in the calculations. If anyone has an excel-sheet, or other ways of helping me, I would hihgly appreciate it.

Thanks, Sean Angus

Automatic failed element removal

Hi every one,

I think that there is a method for automatic failed element removal  using UMAT subroutine, I mean that at every iteriation failed elements with the help of a failure criterion to be indicated and to its material behaviour to set to zero and this means that a path for crack propagation will form .... Anyway, if any body is intrested we can clarify this subroutine step by step for all of the visitors in this website, I mean that an open source subroutine to be expanded here.

Thank you,

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Open Position in Micromechanical Modelling at ICAMS

The Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, invites applications for a PhD / PostDoc position at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS).

X-FEM implementation in Abaqus

Dear all,

Just in case it is of interest to some of you, we provide links to three postprints related to our Abaqus implementation of the X-FEM. The latest is an "article in press" in Eng Frac Mech where we explain the essentials of the implementation and provide a link to the source code for the Abaqus computation. Note that the implementation is limited to 2D and the pre-processing code needed for element subdivision is not provided.

Postdoctoral and Ph.D. positions in Experimental Solid Mechanics at Michigan State University

Composite Vehicle Research Center (CVRC) at MSU has an immediate opening for a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research in non-destructive evaluation (NDE) and structural health monitoring (SHM) of composite materials in an effort to develop self-diagnostic composite structures for air and ground vehicles.

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Keynote Lecture by Prof. Ted Belytschko at 2008 ASME IMECE in Boston

I would like to invite everyone attending the 2008 ASME IMECE next week in Boston to attend a keynote lecture given by Prof. Ted Belytschko of Northwestern University.  The lecture will occur at 1:45 PM on Tuesday, November 4, and will be entitled "Multiscale Computations of Fracture - When Does Flaw Tolerance Occur?" 

Further information on Prof. Belytschko's talk can be found here:

mesh refinement for eigen-properties of a cracked body

 It is a common technique in modelling cracked bodies with finite element method, to refine the mesh near the crack tip. It is mentioned in text books, mesh refinement is nessecary to increase the acuuracy of the computed stress intensity factor for the crack tip. Is meshrefinement nessecary for computing eigen-properties ( natural frequencies and natural modes ) as well as SIF? or eigen properties are not affected much by the near crack tip field?

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Postdoctoral Fellowship studying mechanics of hydraulic fracturing for stimulation of hot fractured rock geothermal reservoirs

CSIRO Petroleum in Melbourne, Australia, welcomes applications to a Postdoctoral Fellowship
in hydraulic fracture stimulation mechanics. The successful candidate
will have a background in applied mechanics and numerical methods with
an interest in verifying numerical calculations by experiment.  The
research results will be applied to stimulation of hot fractured rock
geothermal reservoirs.

32nd Annual Adhesion Society Meeting February 15-18, 2009

The Adhesion Society will hold its 32nd Annual Meeting in Savannah, GA February 15-18, 2009; uniting chemists, physicists, mechanists, engineers, and biologists concerned with the design and characterization of materials interfaces and their associated property of adhesion.  Adhesion and interfacial constrol are key to the development of nano- and bio- based technologies as well structural and cosmetic applications that influence society in everyday life. 

On Mechanistic Approach to Modelling R-Curve Behaviour

As a follow up to my first blog , I would like to know if the experimental data of applied loads and crack sizes or lengths, are sufficient to model the R-curve behaviour via the Fracture Mechanics approach.

Openings in Computational Geomechanics and Rock Physics at ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company has immediate openings in Computational Geomechanics and Rock Physics at its Corporate Strategic Research Laboratory in Annandale, NJ. 

To be considered, applicants must satisfy the requirements described in the attached flyer and submit a cover letter and resume directly to the ExxonMobil website (

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5th IC on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives - just 4 weeks to go!

The 5th International Conference on Fracture of Polymers, Composites and Adhesives will be held in the beautiful Alpine village of Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 7-11 September. Les Diablerets is situated 120 km from Geneva's international airport and is easily reached either by car or by public transport.

The full oral and poster programs, as well as registration details can be found on the conference website at

Crack Propagation in Contact Fatigue

are there any codes available for the crack propagation under fatigue loading? taking into consideration the contact between the crack faces.

Gradient based cohesive zone models


Strain gradient based (non-local) plasticity and damage models have been studied quite extensively in the literature.

 I was wondering if anyone has experience in the development of cohesive zone models that obtain the tractions in front of crack tip not only as a function of the diplacement jump, but also as a function of the gradient of displacement jump.

 If yes, can you please point me to the reference?

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Issue 2 of J. Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials published

I am pleased to announce that Volume 1, Number 2 of the the recently-launched Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials ( has been published by Elsevier. All JMBBM articles can be accessed free-of-charge on ScienceDirect until September 2008 (


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