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PFA Fatigue VCCT

Fatigue with Fracture Mechanics (PFA_FATIGUE_VCCT)

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Product Highlights:

         Effectively evaluates the fatigue life of a metal structure by combing the Progressive Failure Analysis-Virtual Crack Closure Technique (PFA-VCCT) and Fatigue Crack Growth (FCG) modules together.

         Reliably analyzes the fracture development and growth in a metal structure along the predetermined path under the applied cyclic loading.

         The approach is fracture-mechanics based. It requires:

o        A predetermined fracture path based on either of the following: 1) experimental testing; 2) a preliminary GENOA/PFA analysis; or 3) the user experience. The predetermined path can be effectively prescribed using the GENOA GUI

o        A fatigue crack growth curve (da/dN vs. DK data) for the material under consideration. The curve can be obtained from tests, standard handbooks, or calculated by using GENOA-FCG for a specific panel thickness and stress ratio

o        The S-N curve for the selected material (derived from tests or found in the open literature).

         Can be used with the GENOA-PA to account for the probabilistic nature of fatigue.

         The approach is restricted to linear elastic materials and shell elements.


         Accurately evaluates the service life of metal structures subject to cyclic loads.

         Effectively analyzes the development of the fatigue failure initiation site in aerospace, automotive and other metallic structures.

         Accounts for the probabilistic nature of fatigue.


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