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Title: Multi-scale modeling of microstructure dependent intergranular brittle fracture using a quantitative phase-field based method

In this study, the fracture behavior of brittle materials is strongly influenced by their underlying microstructure that needs explicit consideration for accurate prediction of fracture properties and the associated scatter. In this work, a hierarchical multi-scale approach is pursued to model microstructure sensitive brittle fracture. A quantitative phase-field based fracture model is utilized to capture the complex crack growth behavior in the microstructure and the related parameters are calibrated from lower length scale atomistic simulations instead of engineering scale experimental data. The workability of this approach is demonstrated by performing porosity dependent intergranular fracture simulations in UO2 and comparing the predictions with experiments.
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  1. Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0927-0256; PII: S092702561500717X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Computational Materials Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 113; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 0927-0256
Research Org:
Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING phase-field model; brittle fracture; molecular dynamics; multi-length-scale; uranium dioxide