The rather complex 3D fatigue crack growth behaviour of two anti-symmetric " bird wing" cracks, initiated from the two crack front corner points of a notched shaft undergoing torsion, is investigated by the Dual Boundary Element Method (DBEM) and by the Finite Element Method (FEM). Different criteria for the crack path assessment (Minimum Strain Energy Density, Maximum Principal Stress and Approximate Energy Release Rate) and for the Stress Intensity Factor (SIF) evaluation (COD and J-integral) are adopted. The SIF's and the crack path, calculated by such different approaches, turn out to be well consistent with each other. Moreover the simulated crack path qualitatively agrees with experimental findings available from literature. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
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