ConForce: Computation of configurational forces for FEM results

Matthias Rettl, Siegfried Martin Frankl, Martin Pletz, Markus Tauscher, Clara Schuecker

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ConForce is a tool for evaluating nodal configurational forces (CF) from FEM results. ConForce supports 2D plane strain and 3D volume elements in a solver-independent manner. Furthermore, large displacements in static load cases are considered. ConForce accesses previously generated and compiled C code from Python via a C code binding. This compiled C code is provided for predefined element types, but can be regenerated for other element types. ConForce also includes an Abaqus plug-in with a graphical user interface. This Abaqus plug-in allows to easily add CF to the Abaqus output file.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101718
Number of pages6
Issue numberMay
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2024

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  • Abaqus
  • Configurational forces
  • Finite element method
  • Fracture mechanics

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