A large deformation formulation for fluid flow in a progressively fracturing porous material

F. Irzal, J.J.C. Remmers, J.M.R.J. Huyghe, R. Borst, de

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A general numerical model has been developed for fluid flow in a progressively fracturing porous medium subject to large deformations. The fluid flow away from the crack is modelled in a standard manner using Darcy’s relation. In the discontinuity a similar relation is assumed for the fluid flow, but with a different permeability to take into account the higher porosity within the crack due to progressive damage evolution. The crack is described in a discrete manner by exploiting the partition-of-unity property of finite element shape functions. The nucleation and the opening of micro-cracks are modelled by a traction-separation relation. A heuristic approach is adopted to model the orientation of the cracks at the interfaces in the deformed configuration. A two-field formulation is derived, with the solid and the fluid velocities as unknowns. The weak formulation is obtained, assuming a Total Lagrangian formulation. This naturally leads to a set of coupled equations for the continuous and for the discontinuous parts of the mixture. The resulting discrete equations are nonlinear due to the cohesive-crack model, the large-deformation kinematic relations, and the coupling terms between the fine scale and the coarse scale. The capabilities of the model are shown at the hand of some example problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-37
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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