A discussion on gradient damage and phase-field models for brittle fracture

René De Borst, Clemens V. Verhoosel

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Gradient-enhanced damage models find their roots in damage mechanics, which is a smeared approach from the onset, and gradients were added to restore well-posedness beyond a critical strain level. The phase-field approach to brittle fracture departs from a discontinuous description of failure, where the distribution function is regularised, which also leads to the inclusion of spatial gradients. Herein, we will consider both approaches, and discuss their similarities and differences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Methods of Continuum Mechanics for Materials and Structures
EditorsK. Naumenko, M. Aßmus
Place of PublicationSingapore
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-981-10-0958-7, 978-981-10-0959-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAdvanced Structured Materials
ISSN (Print)18698433
ISSN (Electronic)18698441


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