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Crack-Path Analysis for Brittle and Non-Brittle Cracks: A Cell Method Approach

E. Ferretti1
DISTART – Scienza delle Costruzioni, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, ITALY.

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2004, 6(3), 227-244.


Defining the crack path in brittle and non-brittle crack is not easy, due to several unknowns. If the direction of crack propagation can be computed by means of one of the existing criteria, it is not known whether this direction will remain constant during crack propagation. A crack initiation leads to an enhanced stress field at crack tip. During propagation, the enhanced tip stress field propagates into the solid, locally interacting with the pre-existing stress field. This interaction can lead to modifications of the propagation direction, depending on the domain and crack geometry. Moreover, trajectory deviation affects the length of crack propagation. Thus, the length of crack propagation too depends on the domain and crack geometry. Finally, the local interaction between stress fields of opposite signs can return a modified condition of crack arrest. Crack stability analysis cannot be performed without considering this interaction. The problem of defining trajectory deviation, propagation length and crack stabilization is of particular interest in brittle cracks, since these cracks develop statically from the moment of crack initiation forth. It will be shown here how a numerical code for use with the CM returns an accurate crack path for brittle and non-brittle cracks. In both cases, the stress analysis has been performed on the plane of Mohr for each step of the carrying process. At crack propagation, an automatic tool of nodal relaxation with remeshing is used to update the domain geometry.


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Ferretti, E. (2004). Crack-Path Analysis for Brittle and Non-Brittle Cracks: A Cell Method Approach. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 6(3), 227–244.

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