Strain-based transient-gradient damage model for failure analyses. (English) Zbl 0938.74006

Summary: A transient-gradient enhanced damage model has been developed for the numerical modelling of the damage and fracture process within a continuum damage mechanics framework. Some deficiencies of existing gradient enhanced damage formulations for the simulation of macroscopic crack propagation are pointed out. The transient-gradient approach assumes a direct coupling between the material length parameter and the local strain state of the material, which leads to a transient behaviour of the nonlocal effect. Details of the method are presented and fully elaborated in an incremental-iterative solution scheme. Mesh objectivity and physical relevance of the method are analysed by one-dimensional and two-dimensional numerical examples.


74A45 Theories of fracture and damage
74S30 Other numerical methods in solid mechanics (MSC2010)
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