A mixed cover meshless method for elasticity and fracture problems

Yongchang Cai, Pan Sun, Hehua Zhu, Timon Rabczuk

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A mixed cover meshless method (MCMM) is developed to solve elasticity and fracture problems. In this technique, an arbitrary computational geometry is discretized using regular square cells, and meshless approximation functions are separately defined at the interior and boundary square cells using the concept of independent nodal covers and overlapping nodal covers, respectively. For the fracture analysis, a set of triangular independent nodal covers around a crack tip is employed, and the virtual crack closure technique (VCCT) is used to calculate the crack-tip stress intensity factors (SIFs). The overlapping nodal covers and independent nodal covers can be freely selected and converted as required during the simulation process of crack growth, and the square cells near geometry boundaries, such as material discontinuities, crack lines, or crack tips, can be further subdivided by quadtree decomposition to perform h-adaptivity analysis and to achieve the desired solution accuracy. The MCMM gets rid of the need for generating conforming meshes in the finite element method (FEM), possesses the merits of a concise formulation of interpolation functions, simple numerical implementation and convenient simulation of crack growth along arbitrary directions, and improves the computational efficiency compared to classic meshless methods such as the element-free Galerkin method (EFGM) and the meshless method based on Shepard function and partition of unity (MSPU). Several representative elasticity and fracture examples demonstrate the convergence, accuracy, and robustness of the present method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-103
Number of pages31
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Crack propagation
  • Independent cover
  • Meshless
  • Mixed cover
  • Overlapping cover
  • Quadtree

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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