Computational modelling of multiple crack growth: a comparison between discrete and phase field models

V. P. Nguyen, D. Sutulas, S. Bordas, Y. Lu

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Computational modelling of fracture constitutes an indispensable tool not only to predict the failure of cracked structures but also to shed insights into the mechanism of the fracture processes of many materials. This work presents the first application of a phase field fracture model to the modelling of multiple crack growth in brittle solids. Furthermore, a comparison with an XFEM based discrete fracture model is also given. Phase field fracture (PFF) models are the regularised versions of the variational approach to fractures which generalise the classic Griffith’s fracture mechanics theory for brittle materials. PFF models can handle topologically complex fractures such as intersecting cracks, branching cracks in both two dimensions and three dimensions with a quite straightforward implementation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics, ACAM 2017
PublisherNational Committee on Applied Mechanics
ISBN (Electronic)9781925627022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventAustralasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2017 - University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 27 Nov 201729 Nov 2017
Conference number: 9th


ConferenceAustralasian Congress on Applied Mechanics 2017
Abbreviated titleACAM 2017
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  • Brittle fractures
  • Linear elastic fracture mechanics
  • Phase field fracture
  • XFEM

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