The influence of transverse, one-edge open cracks on the natural frequencies of the cantilever beam subjected to vertical loads is analyzed. A finite element method (FE) is used for modelling the beam. A part of the cracked beam is modelled by beam finite elements with an open crack. Parts of the beam without a crack are modelled by standard beam finite elements. An algorithm of a linear stiffness matrix and a geometrical stiffness matrix calculation for a cracked element is presented. The results of numerical calculations obtained for the presented model are compared with the results of analytical calculations given in the literature and also with the results of numerical calculations obtained for a model with geometrical stiffness matrix of uncracked elements.

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