The numerical solution of Cauchy singular integral equations with application to fracture

Russell D. Kurtz, Thomas N. Farris, C. T. Sun

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The present study investigates a numerical algorithm for solving systems of Cauchy singular integral equations of the second kind such as those which often occur in the analysis of interface crack problems. The algorithm takes advantage of many standard subroutines for performing numerical integrations and can be easily applied to equations which are defined over different intervals of the dependent variable. The solution technique is illustrated by analyzing two homogeneous center cracked panels: one loaded in tension and the other loaded in shear and bending. In the second example problem, the presence of crack face friction strongly couples the underlying singular integral equations. The numerical results are compared to closed form elasticity solutions and are shown to be extremely accurate. In addition, the study also illustrates the feasibility of using various assumed forms of the undetermined functions. By assuming these slightly altered forms, many rather complex problems are either solved directly or reduced in complexity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanics of Materials

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