Sami Derouiche https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3171-1265 Salah Bouziane Hamoudi Bouzerd


The material with anisotropic properties are becoming widely essential due to the ease to manipulate their mechanical properties in order to obtain a particular quality, insure safety or a specific behavior. Those kind of materials are considered anisotropic because their characteristics and behavior are dependent to every direction of the material’s orientation.

In this work, the virtual crack closure-integral technique is implemented to a mixed finite element, in addition with the stiffness derivative procedure, to evaluate the energy release rate of crack extension in anisotropic materials. A simulation of a cracked edge rectangular plat with anisotropic characteristics is taken for example.

The results obtained are in good agreement with the analytical results, making the proposed technique a good model for fracture investigation and allow it to study more complicated cases in future works.


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    Analytical, Numerical and Physical Models

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    Derouiche, S., Bouziane, S., & Bouzerd, H. (2021). Mixed Finite Element Computation of Energy Release Rate in Anisotropic Materials Based on Virtual Crack Closure-Integral Method. Frattura Ed Integrità Strutturale, 15(57), 359–372. https://doi.org/10.3221/IGF-ESIS.57.26