International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 127, Issue 2, pp 119–146 | Cite as

On the use of space-time finite elements in the solution of elasto-dynamic fracture problems

  • Hao HuangEmail author
  • Francesco Costanzo


The use of a discontinuous Galerkin (DG) formulation for the solution of dynamic fracture problems in linear elastic media with and without cohesive zones is explored. The results are compared with closed-form as well as numerical solutions available from the literature. The effectiveness of the space-time finite element method in the study of dynamic fracture problems is demonstrated, especially in those cases in which dynamic fracture occurs along with time discontinuous loading.

Dynamic fracture discontinuous Galerkin FEM space-time finite element method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Engineering Science and Mechanics DepartmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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