Evaluation of directional mesh bias in concrete fractur simulations using continuum damage models

Jirasek, M. and Grassl, P. (2008) Evaluation of directional mesh bias in concrete fractur simulations using continuum damage models. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 75, pp. 1921-1943. (doi: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2007.11.010)

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In the present comparative study, we investigate the influence of directional mesh bias on the results of failure simulations performed with isotropic and anisotropic damage models. Several fracture tests leading to curved crack trajectories are simulated on different meshes. The isotropic damage model with a realistic biaxial strength envelope for concrete is highly sensitive to the mesh orientation, even for fine meshes. The sensitivity is reduced if the definition of the damage-driving variable (equivalent strain) is based on the modified von Mises criterion, but the corresponding biaxial strength envelope is not realistic for concrete. The anisotropic damage models used in this study capture reasonably well arbitrary crack trajectories even if the biaxial strength envelope remains close to typical experimental data. Their superior performance can be at least partially attributed to their ability to capture dilatancy under shear, which is revealed by a comparative analysis of the behavior of individual models under shear with restricted or free volume expansion.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Grassl, Dr Peter
Authors: Jirasek, M., and Grassl, P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Engineering Fracture Mechanics

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