A new boundary element method for mixed boundary value problems involving cracks and holes: Interactions between grid inclusions and cracks

Y. B. Wang, K. T. Chau

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This paper derives a new boundary integral equation (BIE) formulation for plane elastic bodies containing cracks and holes and subjected to mixed displacement/ traction boundary conditions, and proposes a new boundary element method (BEM) based upon this formulation. The basic unknown in the formulation is a complex boundary function H(t), which is a linear combination of the boundary traction and boundary displacement density. The present BIE formulation can be related directly to Muskhelishvili's formalism. Singular interpolation functions of order r-1/2(where r is the distance measured from the crack tip) are introduced such that singular integrand involved at the element level can be integrated analytically. By applying the BEM, the interaction between a rigid circular inclusion and a crack is investigated in details. Our results for the stress intensity factor are comparable with those given by Erdogan and Gupta (1975) and Gharpuray et al. (1990) for a crack emanating from a stiff inclusion, and with those by Erdogan et al. (1974) for a crack in the neighborhood of a stiff inclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-406
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Boundary element method
  • Cracks
  • Holes
  • Mixed boundary value problems
  • Rigid inclusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials

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