Robust Algorithm for Brittle Fracture based on Energy Minimization

The paper outlines a variational formulation of brittle fracture in solids and considers its numerical implementation by adistinct finite element method. The starting point is a variational setting of fracture mechanics that recasts a monotonicquasistatic fracture process into a sequence of incremental minimization problems. The proposed implementation introducesdiscretized crack patterns with material-force-driven incremental crack-segment releases. These releases of crack segmentsconstitute a sequence of positive definite subproblems with successively decreasing overall stiffness, providing an extremelyrobust algorithmic setting in the postcritical range. The formulation is embedded into accompanying r-adaptive crack-patternreorientation procedures with material-force-based indicators, providing reorientations of elements at the crack-tip.
77th Annual Meeting of Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik (GAMM) (27 - 31 Mart 2006)


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E. Gürses, “Robust Algorithm for Brittle Fracture based on Energy Minimization,” Berlin, Germany, 2006, vol. 6, p. 167, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: