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XFEM methods for fracture propagation


The purpose of this research is to develop a FEM method for simulation of fracture.


Dr Daniel Dias-da-Costa.

Research location

Civil Engineering

Program type



There are several computational techniques that are now available for predicting the crack propagation in structures. However, these are yet to gain traction in commercial software. This project will develop a finite element methods that are robust and can be easily implemented, possibly based on XFEM or in elements with embedded discontinuities, for handling the large-scale modelling of structures. Focus will be given to the development of the technique and its validation. There are several pathways possible for this research depending on the research interests and background of the applicant.

Additional information

Applications are invited for researchers interested in joining a world-leading research group within the School of Civil engineering and pursuing further studies in the field of concrete structures. Background in civil/mechanical/aerospace engineering, and skills on numerical methods and/or programming, will be very useful. It is expected a strong commitment to academic research in the proposed field and the capacity to create and develop original approaches to tackle open questions. Interested researchers are encouraged to get in touch with Dias-da-Costa as soon as possible.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2277

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