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Crack growth path simulation in cement mantle of THR using crack box technique

Abdelkader Boulenouar
A numerical method for 2D LEFM crack propagation simulation in cement mantle of total hip replacement (THR) is presented. This work is based on the implementation of the displacement correlation technique (DCT) and the maximum circumferential stress (MCS) theory in a finite element code, using the Ansys Parametric Design Language (APDL). At each crack increment length, the crack direction angle is evaluated as a function of stress intensity factors (SIFs). The crack box technique is investigated for crack propagation simulation. The advantage of this technique is to facilitate the automatic remeshing of the structure during the crack extension. In this paper, we analyzed the mechanical behavior of cracks initiated in the cement mantle by evaluating the SIFs. The effect of the cavities and the initial crack directions on the crack growth path was highlighted.


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