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Title: Finite element model for brittle fracture and fragmentation

A new computational model for brittle fracture and fragmentation has been developed based on finite element analysis of non-linear elasticity equations. The proposed model propagates the cracks by splitting the mesh nodes alongside the most over-strained edges based on the principal direction of strain tensor. To prevent elements from overlapping and folding under large deformations, robust geometrical constraints using the method of Lagrange multipliers have been incorporated. In conclusion, the model has been applied to 2D simulations of the formation and propagation of cracks in brittle materials, and the fracture and fragmentation of stretched and compressed materials.
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  1. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
  2. Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States); Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 1877-0509
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Procedia Computer Science
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 80; Journal Issue: C; Conference: International Conference on Computational Science 2016, San Diego, CA (United States), 6-8 Jun 2016; Journal ID: ISSN 1877-0509
Research Org:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Advanced Scientific Computing Research (SC-21)
Country of Publication:
United States
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING brittle fracture; fragmentation; collision detection; finite elements method; nonlinear elasticity