Probabilistic fatigue integrity assessment in multiple crack growth analysis associated with equivalent initial flaw and material variability

Jung Hoon Kim, Thanh Chau-Dinh, Goangseup Zi, Won Woo Lee, Jun g Sik Kong

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The residual strength of components can be abruptly reduced due to multiple site damage (MSD). In general, the fatigue and fracture performance of MSD contains a significant number of uncertainties. Major uncertainties can be characterized by initial flaw, material variability and crack growth rates, among other factors. To cope with uncertain random variables, some probabilistic methods can be considered. However, these seldom obtain efficient and reliable results because of the complexities included in computations of fatigue and fracture mechanics, and probabilistic approaches. To overcome these difficulties in the life-cycle reliability analysis of MSD, the Gaussian process (GP) response surface model has been assembled with one of the recent multiple crack analysis tools, XFEM, in this study. The assembled GP-XFEM method represents a convenient way to obtain the response surface and sensitivity factors of multiple crack propagation in a structure (or a component) under a complex environment with computational efficiency. The accuracy and advantages of the proposed method were verified by a number of experimental results and numerical examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-196
Number of pages15
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2016 May 1



  • Equivalent initial flaw
  • Extended finite element method
  • Monte Carlo method
  • Multiple crack growth
  • Probabilistic fatigue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)

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