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Safety-relevant components whose integrity has to be proven fracture mechanically often have complex geometrical shape or are subject to a combined load. Analytical calculation methods provide conservative results with passable effort but are only applicable to a certain extent. Numerical calculations based on the finite element method can, with corresponding effort, realistically depict very complex scenarios and produce precise results. In addition, probabilistic approaches help to quantify the risk and to determine margins of deterministic analyses.


Framatome has long-time experience in modeling structure and fracture mechanical problems.
Powerful computing capacities are available to effi ciently calculate even large-scale and sophisticated models. This, for example, enables the application of computationally intensive damage models which help to simulate the crack growth in a component.


Besides numerical fracture mechanics, we also offer services in analytical (deterministic and probabilistic) and experimental fracture mechanics. This allows us to solve challenging and extensive problems effi ciently and “from one source”.


Your Benefits

  • Long-time experience in terms of numerical, analytical, probabilistic and experimental fracture mechanics
  • Substantial knowledge as a result of numerous successfully performed fracture mechanical safety analyses

Interested in Numerical and Analytical Fracture Mechanics?

Framatome in Germany