Paggi, Marco and Reinoso, José Revisiting the problem of a crack impinging on an interface: a modeling framework for the interaction between the phase field approach for brittle fracture and the interface cohesive zone model. Working Paper arXiv (Submitted)
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The problem of a crack impinging on an interface has been thoroughly investigated in the last three decades due to its important role in the mechanics and physics of solids. In this investigation, this problem is revisited in view of the recent progresses on the phase field approach to brittle fracture. In this concern, a novel formulation combining the phase field approach for modeling brittle fracture in the bulk and a cohesive zone model for pre-existing adhesive interfaces is herein proposed to investigate the competition between crack penetration and deflection at an interface. The model, implemented within the finite element method framework using a monolithic fully implicit solution strategy, is applied to provide a further insight into the understanding of the role of model parameters on the above competition. In particular, in this study, the role of the fracture toughness ratio between the interface and the adjoining bulks and the characteristic fracture-length scales of the dissipative models are analyzed. In the case of a brittle interface, the asymptotic predictions based on linear elastic fracture mechanics criteria for crack penetration, single deflection or double deflection are fully captured by the present method. Moreover, by increasing the size of the process zone along the interface, or by varying the internal length scale of the phase field model, new complex phenomena are emerging, such as simultaneous crack penetration and deflection and the transition from single crack penetration to deflection and penetration with subsequent branching into the bulk.
|Item Type:||Working Paper (Working Paper)|
|Subjects:||T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
|Research Area:||Computer Science and Applications|
|Depositing User:||Caterina Tangheroni|
|Date Deposited:||21 Mar 2017 14:01|
|Last Modified:||21 Mar 2017 14:01|
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