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Title: The Finite Block Method : a meshless study of interface cracks in bi-materials
Author: Hinneh, Perry
ISNI:       0000 0004 7653 7111
Awarding Body: Queen Mary University of London
Current Institution: Queen Mary, University of London
Date of Award: 2018
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The ability to extract accurately the stress intensity factor and the T-Stress for fractured engineering materials is very significant in the decision-making process for in-service engineering components, mainly for their functionality and operating limit. The subject of computational fracture mechanics in engineering make this possible without resulting to expensive experimental processes. In this thesis, the Finite Block Method (FBM) has been developed for the meshless study of interface stationary crack under both static and dynamic loading in bi-materials. The finite block method based on the Lagrangian interpolation is introduced and the various mathematical constructs are examined. This includes the use of the mapping technique. In a one-dimensional and a two-dimensional case, numerical studies were performed in order to determine the interpolation error. The finite block method in both the Cartesian coordinate and the polar coordinate systems is developed to evaluate the stress intensity factors and the T-stress for interface cracks between bi-materials. Using the William's series for bi-material, an expression for approximating the stress and displacement at the interface crack tip is established. In order to capture accurately the stress intensity factors and the T-stress at the crack tip, the asymptotic expansions of the stress and displacement around the crack tip are introduced with a singular core technique. The accuracy and capability of the finite block method in evaluating interface cracks is demonstrated by several numerical assessments. In all cases, comparisons have been made with numerical solutions by using the boundary collocation method, the finite element method and the boundary element method, etc.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Engineering and Material Science ; fractured engineering materials ; stress intensity factor ; finite block method