SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

A Fatigue Damage Model for Crack Propagation


This paper presents a fatigue damage model for crack propagation in characterizing the fatigue crack growth behavior of cracked structures. Special emphasis is placed on the numerical simulation of cyclic loading and the dependence of the numerical results on the finite element mesh discretization. A practical method for predicting fatigue crack propagation in engineering structures is proposed. The predicted results are compared favorably with those measured experimentally from fatigue testing a center cracked panel of 2024-T3(Alclad) aluminum plates.

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Chow, CL
University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI
Wei, Y
Pacific Technique Development Co. Ltd., Moscow, Russia
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 86–99
DOI: 10.1520/STP16133S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5341-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2029-7