A method for accelerated simulation of fatigue crack growth in a bimaterial interface (e.g. in a face/core sandwich interface) is proposed. To simulate fatigue crack growth, a routine is incorporated in the commercial finite element program ANSYS and a method to accelerate the simulation is implemented. The proposed method (the cycle jump technique) is based on conducting finite element analysis for a set of cycles to establish a trend line, extrapolating the trend line spanning many cycles, and use the extrapolated state as initial state for additional finite element simulations. A control criterion is utilized to ensure the accuracy of the cycle jumps. The inputs of the developed scheme are the crack growth rate as a function of energy release rate for discrete mode-mixities. If these relationships are available for a specific interface, interface fatigue crack growth in any structure with the same interface can be simulated. Using this approach, fatigue crack growth in the face/core interface of a sandwich beam is simulated. Results of the simulation show that with fair accuracy, using the cycle jump technique, more than 65% reduction in computation time can be achieved. Results show that in highly nonlinear problems the control parameter needs to be chosen with care.
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- Fracture mechanics
- Bimaterial interface
- Fatigue crack growth
- Cycle jump technique