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Multidomain BEM for crack analysis in stiffened anisotropic plates.


The present paper is concerned with the application of a boundary element model for the analysis of cracks in stiffened composite panels. The panel stiffeners are reduced to equivalent strips and the multidomain technique is used to model panel zones presenting different properties (skin and stiffeners equivalent strip). Also the crack is modeled exploiting the multidomain formulation. Evaluation of stress intensity factors is performed for representative problems.