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Journal Articles International Journal of Fracture Year : 2024

On the energy decomposition in variational phase-field models for brittle fracture under multi-axial stress states

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Phase-field models of brittle fracture are typically endowed with a decomposition of the elastic strain energy density in order to realistically describe fracture under multi-axial stress states. In this contribution, we identify the essential requirements for this decomposition to correctly describe both nucleation and propagation of cracks. Discussing the evolution of the elastic domains in the strain and stress spaces as damage evolves, we highlight the links between the nucleation and propagation conditions and the modulation of the elastic energy with the phase-field variable. In light of the identified requirements, we review some of the existing energy decompositions, showcasing their merits and limitations, and conclude that none of them is able to fulfil all requirements. As a partial remedy to this outcome, we propose a new energy decomposition, denoted as star-convex model, which involves a minimal modification of the volumetric-deviatoric decomposition. Predictions of the star-convex model are compared with those of the existing models with different numerical tests encompassing both nucleation and propagation.
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hal-04231075 , version 1 (06-10-2023)
hal-04231075 , version 2 (23-04-2024)

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F. Vicentini, Camilla Zolesi, Pietro Carrara, Corrado Maurini, Laura De Lorenzis. On the energy decomposition in variational phase-field models for brittle fracture under multi-axial stress states. International Journal of Fracture, 2024, ⟨10.1007/s10704-024-00763-w⟩. ⟨hal-04231075v2⟩
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