In this work, Floating Node Method (FNM), first developed for fracture modelling of laminate composites, is coupled with cell-wise strain Smoothed Finite Element Method (SFEM) for modelling 2D linear elastic fracture mechanics problems. The proposed method is termed as Smoothed Floating Node Method (SFNM). In this framework, FNM is used to represent the kinematics of crack and the crack front inside the domain without the requirement of remeshing and discontinuous enrichment functions during crack growth. For smoothing, a constant smoothing function is considered over the smoothing domains through which classical domain integration changes to line integration along each boundary of the smoothing cell, hence derivative of shape functions are not required in the computation of the field gradients. The values of stress intensity factor are obtained from the SFNM solution using domain based interaction integral approach. Few standard fracture mechanics problems are considered to check the accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method. The predictions obtained with the proposed framework improves the convergence and accuracy of the results in terms of the stress intensity factors and energy norms.
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- Floating node method
- Line integration
- Smoothed finite element method
- Smoothing domain
- Stress intensity factors