Int.J.Fract. 148(3), 205-219, 2007

NUMERICAL SIMULATIONS OF VOID LINKAGE IN MODEL MATERIALS USING A NONLOCAL DUCTILE DAMAGE APPROXIMATION

A. Weck¹, J. Segurado² J. LLorca², D. Wilkinsion¹, H.J. Böhm³

¹Department of Science and Engineering
McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
²Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
³Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics,
TU Wien, Vienna, Austria


Abstract - Experiments on the growth and linkage of 10 Ám diameter holes laser drilled in high precision patterns into Al-plates were modelled with finite elements. The simulations used geometries identical to those of the experiments and incorporated ductile damage by element removal under the control of a ductile damage indicator based on the micromechanical studies of Rice and Tracey. A regularization of the problem was achieved through an integral-type nonlocal model based on the smoothing of the rate of a damage indicator D over a characteristic length L. The simulation does not predict the experimentally observed damage acceleration either in the case where no damage is included or when only a local damage model is used. However, the full three-dimensional simulations based on the nonlocal damage methodology do predict both the failure path and the failure strain at void linkage for almost all configurations studied. For the cases considered the critical parameter controlling the local deformations at void linkage was found to be the ratio between hole diameter and hole spacing.


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