We introduce a new methodology for modeling problems with both weak and strong discontinuities independently of the finite element discretization. At variance with the eXtended/Generalized Finite Element Method (X/GFEM), the new method, named the Discontinuity-Enriched Finite Element Method (DE-FEM), adds enriched degrees of freedom only to nodes created at the intersection between a discontinuity and edges of elements in the mesh. Although general, the method is demonstrated in the context of fracture mechanics, and its versatility is illustrated with a set of traction-free and cohesive crack examples. We show that DE-FEM recovers the same rate of convergence as the standard FEM with matching meshes, and we also compare the new approach to X/GFEM.
|Journal||International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Cohesive cracks
- Fracture mechanics
- Strong discontinuities