Applications of CRACK3D
CRACK3D has many unique features. It can be applied to solve many engineering problems, such as
Assessing maximum load-carrying capacity of structures with defects
Predicting performance of a structure during the failure process
Predicting crack propagation path in structures
Predictive risk analysis of structures
Adhesive bonded patch repairs
Delaminating simulation and repair of composite structures
Improving design by reconstruction and visualization of the failure process
Numerically testing and predicting failure mode of products
CRACK3D can also be used for scientific research and development
Studying failure mechanism of materials
Developing new fracture criteria for brittle and ductile materials
Numerical test and verification of a new fracture criterion
CRACK3D has been successfully used in NASTRAN-PATRAN-CRACK3D Global-Local-Analysis of aircraft structures (the program is supported by AFRL and S&K Technologies).
In addition, CRACK3D also has many potential applications. It can be enhanced to conduct applications such as metal cutting, metal forming, penetration and crashworthiness analysis. On the other hand, the methodology and algorithms having been used in CRACK3D can also be implemented to commercial codes to enhance their performance and to broaden area of application in many engineering topics.