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Ansys Mechanical
Fracture Mechanics

Course Overview

Cracks and similar flaws occur in many components for many different reasons. For example, a structure may experience significant fatigue effects, the material may be inherently defective, cracks may be introduced during the manufacturing stage, or cracks may appear later as a result of environmental conditions. Ansys Mechanical Fracture Mechanics analysis capabilitiesallow you to predict crack criticality and crack growth accurately and efficiently in a virtual environment, giving you the information you need to make better engineering decisions. This course covers the use of Ansys Mechanical to perform Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics and includes several hands-on workshops.


  • Completion of training course Ansys Mechanical Getting Started is required.
  • A theoretical background in fracture mechanics and finite element analysis is strongly recommended. 

Teaching Method

Lectures and hands-on workshops give students the knowledge and experience they’ll need to confidently apply what they’ve learned to their own design challenges.

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of fracture mechanics and the capabilities of linear elastic fracture mechanics analysis in Ansys Mechanical.
  • Apply several techniques for crack modeling/meshing and understand their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Explain the basics of fracture parameter evaluation.
  • Understand crack growth mechanics and the difference between static and fatigue crack growth.
  • Understand the primary characteristics and limitations of Ansys SMART Crack Growth technology and the procedure for performing SMART Crack Growth analysis.

 Available Dates

Currently, no training dates available

Learning Options 

Training materials for this course are available with an Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This is a 1-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 2 x 2-hour sessions lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Getting Started
  • Module 02: Fracture Mechanics Basics
  • Module 03: Fracture Meshing
  • Workshop 03.1: Semi-Elliptical Crack
  • Workshop 03.2: Pre-Meshed Crack
  • Workshop 03.3: Arbitrary Crack
  • Workshop 03.4: Submodel with Semi-Elliptical Crack

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 04: Fracture Parameter Evaluation
  • Workshop 04.1: Linear Elasticity and UMM
  • Module 05: SMART Crack Growth
  • Workshop 05.1: SMART Crack Growth