Crack phase-field model equipped with plastic driving force and degrading fracture toughness for ductile fracture simulation

Jike Han, Seishiro Matsubara, Shuji Moriguchi, Michael Kaliske, Kenjiro Terada

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Abstract

This study presents a novel phase-field model for ductile fracture by the introduction of both the plastic driving force and the degrading fracture toughness into crack phase-field computations based on the phenomenological justification for ductile fracture in elastoplastic materials. Assuming that the constitutive work density consists of elastic, pseudo-plastic and crack components, we derive the governing equations from local and global optimization problems within the continuum thermodynamics framework. In addition to the elastic strain energy, the plastic strain energy also works as a driving force to sustain damage evolution. Additionally, we introduce a degrading fracture toughness to reflect the evolution of micro-defects and their coalescences into each other that are caused by accumulated plastic deformation. Equipped with these ingredients, the proposed model realizes the reduction of both stiffness and fracture toughness to simulate the failure phenomena of elastoplastic materials. Several numerical examples are presented to demonstrate the capability of the proposed model in reproducing some typical ductile fracture behaviors. The findings and perspectives are subsequently summarized.

Original languageEnglish
JournalComputational Mechanics
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Crack phase-field
  • Degrading fracture toughness
  • Ductile fracture
  • Gradient plasticity
  • Plastic driving force

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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