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Fracture Analysis Consultants Inc.

Engineering Services and Software

  • Products:
  • Engineering consulting
  • Computer software
  • FRANC3D

Fracture Analysis Consultants Inc. (FAC) provides computer-based failure analysis, product and process redesign, and life-prediction capabilities to the aerospace, turbomachinery, petrochemical, and automotive industries. The company offers unique finite element software for simulating the initiation and propagation of cracks in metallic, concrete, rock, and composite structures. The company's signature product, FRANC3D (FRacture ANalysis Code 3D), is recognized worldwide as the highest fidelity physics-based crack growth simulator currently available.

Cornell Connection

A Cornell faculty member from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and two former PhD students founded the company. Research from Cornell continues to add to the company’s knowledge and experience. Cornell research also inspired commercial versions of the software.