Effect of mesh density in the abaqus XFEM method on stress intensity factors

Ji Su Kim, Hyun Jae Lee, Yun Jae Kim, Jin Ho Je, Yong Beum Kim

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In this study, stress intensity factors are calculated using the XFEM method provided by ABAQUS, and the effect of mesh density is analyzed to evaluate stress intensity factor. For the analysis configuration, a plate with a semi-elliptical surface crack is considered. Prior to the crack evaluation using the XFEM method, results using the crack tip mesh method are obtained for verification against the RES-M code results and are used as reference values for comparison. It was found that the two methods of crack evaluation can produce similar results for all cases, provided that the ratio of the minimum crack dimension and the mesh size is above twenty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)881-889
Number of pages9
JournalTransactions of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers, A
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct
Externally publishedYes


  • Effect of Mesh Density Plate
  • Semi-elliptical Surface Crack
  • Stress Intensity Factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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