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I modelled a 3-D DCB (Double Cantilever Beam) test specimen to simulate crack propagation (delamination) in composite materials.

To do so, I used surface cohesive properties between plates in Abaqus/Explicit, and applied a displacement at the plates tips.

When I used continuum shell elements the crack propagated as expected and the delamination occurred.

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Crack Length in Cohesive Element (ABAQUS vr 6.7.1) in pure MODE I case

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This might not be a smart question to ask, but if any of you can help me, it'd be great.

 I have a DCB (sandwitch specimen) with a cohesive element in the middle. Studying pure Mode I case, displacement is applied at the end of the DCB. Cohesive element works great (it fails when one reaches max separations).  But I am having a difficulity in extracting crack length (i.e. length of failed cohesive element) vs time step. I looked for Damage and Status commend, but it's not promising.  (I'm pretty new to ABAQUS....)

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