About the Project
The goal of this research is to use finite element methods to develop computational models which can accurately replicate behaviour to complement physical testing, in order to reduce the cost and time involved in testing. However, finite element analyses are very expensive in terms of computational cost if extensive remeshing is necessary, as in the case of dynamic crack propagation. The relatively new Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM) solves this problem however, as no remeshing is necessary.
This PhD aims to investigate, by means of the Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM), the mechanisms of fracture and crack propagation in advanced composite structures such as fibre metal laminates (FML) used in the aerospace industries.
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