The analysis of two and three dimensional fracture mechanics problems in anisotropic materials using ANSYS finite element software and 3DFAS (Three Dimensional Fracture Analysis System) is examined in this study. The methodology uses analytically derived generalized plane strain crack tip fields in anisotropic materials and is implemented into an ANSYS Macro using ANSYS Parametric Design Language. It is shown that quarter-point finite element approach is still a very effective technique for general three dimensional crack problems in homogeneous anisotropic materials. The expressions of the crack tip asymptotic displacement field are summarized and numerical examples of two and three dimensional crack problems in orthotropic, directionally solidified, and single crystal materials are presented. The stress intensity factors are compared with two-dimensional analytical and numerical solutions available in the literature and with numerical solutions obtained from FRAC3D [1, 2], a three dimensional fracture analysis program using enriched finite elements. Very good agreement is obtained between the different numerical techniques or with the analytical solutions.

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