Evolutionary characteristic length method for smeared cracking finite element models

Khalid M. Mosalam, Glaucio H. Paulino

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The fixed smeared crack concept with strain decomposition is reformulated utilizing a self-adaptive strategy at the constitutive level. This formulation focuses on continuous adaptation of the crack band width based on the incremental finite element solution and the idea of nonlocal continuum. The required nonlocal forms are obtained by means of the superconvergent patch recovery procedure. Comparison with experimental results indicates the superiority of the present formulation over the standard smeared cracking.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-108
Number of pages10
JournalFinite Elements in Analysis and Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 30 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • General Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Applied Mathematics


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