A précis of some recent developments in computational failure mechanics

R. Borst, de, H. Askes, M.A. Gutierrez, J.J.C. Remmers, G.N. Wells

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    A concise overview is given of various numerical methods that can be used to analyse localisation and failure in engineering materials. The importance of the cohesive-zone approach is emphasised and various ways of incorporating the cohesive-zone methodology in discretisation methods are discussed. Next, a simple continuum damage (decohesion) model which preserves well-posedness of boundaryvalue problems via gradient enhancement is recalled. Using a meshless method the importance of the higher-order gradient terms is assessed. Finally, the model is used in finite element reliability analyses to quantify the probability of the emergence of various possible failure modes.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Fifth World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM V), July 7-12, 2002, Vienna, Austria
    EditorsH.A. Mang, F.G. Rammerstorfer, J. Eberhardsteiner
    Place of PublicationVienna
    PublisherVienna University of Technology
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


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