Material Forces - A Novel Approach to Fracture Mechanics in ANSYS - White Paper

Durability and failure investigations of products are of high interest to determine the risk of failure in engineering applications. This white paper discusses features regarding the use of the novel material force approach in linear-elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics (EPFM). Although the main focus of the paper is on the material force method, a compact summary is given on general fracture mechanics.