A novel two-stage discrete crack method based on the screened Poisson equation and local mesh refinement

P. Areias, Timon Rabczuk, J. César de Sá

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Abstract

We propose an alternative crack propagation algorithm which effectively circumvents the variable transfer procedure adopted with classical mesh adaptation algorithms. The present alternative consists of two stages: a mesh-creation stage where a local damage model is employed with the objective of defining a crack-conforming mesh and a subsequent analysis stage with a localization limiter in the form of a modified screened Poisson equation which is exempt of crack path calculations. In the second stage, the crack naturally occurs within the refined region. A staggered scheme for standard equilibrium and screened Poisson equations is used in this second stage. Element subdivision is based on edge split operations using a constitutive quantity (damage). To assess the robustness and accuracy of this algorithm, we use five quasi-brittle benchmarks, all successfully solved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1003-1018
Number of pages16
JournalComputational Mechanics
Volume58
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crack nucleation and propagation
  • Local mesh refinement
  • Quasi-brittle fracture
  • Smeared model
  • Two-stage algorithm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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