January 28, 2022 at 4:06 pmandreachen17SubscriberJanuary 31, 2022 at 6:16 pmDavid WeedAnsys Employee
Currently, the fracture mechanics feature does not support contact elements within the fracture zone: https://ansyshelp.ansys.com/account/secured?returnurl=/Views/Secured/corp/v221/en/ans_frac/frac_parmcalcrequire.html
Fracture-parameter calculations based on domain integrations such as stress-intensity factors, J-integral, or material force are not supported when contact elements exist inside the domain. The calculations may become path-dependent unless the contact pressure is negligible.
As such, it is not possible to prevent crack face interpenetration.
February 3, 2022 at 6:21 pmandreachen17Subscriber
Thank you for your reply! I was wondering if you are referring to fractures or does this apply to geometries too. I did not grow a fracture, instead my crack is created from my geometry first. Is there any way I can keep the geometry from overlapping?
February 4, 2022 at 3:52 pmDavid WeedAnsys Employeeif you're not evaluating fracture parameters, then you can use contact to keep the sides from overlapping. When applying the load, you may need a more refined time step so that the contact and target sides can detect one another properly.
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