Crack propagation toward a desired path by controlling the force direction

Baoxing XU, Xi CHEN*, Haim WAISMAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Controlling the crack propagation along a desired path has important applications in fabrication. We propose a method for extending a crack along a desired trajectory by controlling the direction of an applied external point force. Examples of crack propagation along arc and sinusoidal paths are illustrated, and verified through numerical simulations based on the extended finite element method (XFEM). © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2554-2559
Number of pages5
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The work is supported by National Science Foundation CMMI-CAREER-0643726.


  • Crack
  • Desired path
  • Force direction
  • XFEM


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