A phase-field formulation for dynamic cohesive fracture


Journal Article

© 2019 Elsevier B.V. We extend a phase-field/gradient damage formulation for cohesive fracture to the dynamic case. The model is characterized by a regularized fracture energy that is linear in the damage field, as well as non-polynomial degradation functions. Two categories of degradation functions are examined, and a process to derive a given degradation function based on a local stress–strain response in the cohesive zone is presented. The resulting model is characterized by a linear elastic regime prior to the onset of damage, and controlled strain-softening thereafter. The governing equations are derived according to macro- and microforce balance theories, naturally accounting for the irreversible nature of the fracture process by introducing suitable constraints for the kinetics of the underlying microstructural changes. The model is complemented by an efficient staggered solution scheme based on an augmented Lagrangian method. Numerical examples demonstrate that the proposed model is a robust and effective method for simulating cohesive crack propagation, with particular emphasis on dynamic fracture.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Geelen, RJM; Liu, Y; Hu, T; Tupek, MR; Dolbow, JE

Published Date

  • May 1, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 348 /

Start / End Page

  • 680 - 711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0045-7825

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cma.2019.01.026

Citation Source

  • Scopus