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Title: Computer simulation of fatigue under diametrical compression

Abstract

We study the fatigue fracture of disordered materials by means of computer simulations of a discrete element model. We extend a two-dimensional fracture model to capture the microscopic mechanisms relevant for fatigue and we simulate the diametric compression of a disc shape specimen under a constant external force. The model allows us to follow the development of the fracture process on the macrolevel and microlevel varying the relative influence of the mechanisms of damage accumulation over the load history and healing of microcracks. As a specific example we consider recent experimental results on the fatigue fracture of asphalt. Our numerical simulations show that for intermediate applied loads the lifetime of the specimen presents a power law behavior. Under the effect of healing, more prominent for small loads compared to the tensile strength of the material, the lifetime of the sample increases and a fatigue limit emerges below which no macroscopic failure occurs. The numerical results are in a good qualitative agreement with the experimental findings.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [5]
  1. Centro de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Estadual do Ceara, 60740-903 Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil)
  2. (Switzerland)
  3. Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Debrecen, P.O. Box 5, H-4010 Debrecen (Hungary)
  4. Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Ceara, 60451-970 Fortaleza, Ceara (Brazil)
  5. IfB, HIF, E18, ETH, Hoenggerberg, 8093 Zuerich (Switzerland)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
21072418
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics; Journal Volume: 75; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.75.046115; (c) 2007 The American Physical Society; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ASPHALTS; COMPRESSIBILITY; COMPRESSION; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; CRACKS; DAMAGE; FATIGUE; FRACTURES; LIFETIME; TENSILE PROPERTIES; TWO-DIMENSIONAL CALCULATIONS

Citation Formats

Carmona, H. A., IfB, HIF, E18, ETH, Hoenggerberg, 8093 Zuerich, Kun, F., Andrade, J. S. Jr., and Herrmann, H. J.. Computer simulation of fatigue under diametrical compression. United States: N. p., 2007. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVE.75.046115.
Carmona, H. A., IfB, HIF, E18, ETH, Hoenggerberg, 8093 Zuerich, Kun, F., Andrade, J. S. Jr., & Herrmann, H. J.. Computer simulation of fatigue under diametrical compression. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVE.75.046115.
Carmona, H. A., IfB, HIF, E18, ETH, Hoenggerberg, 8093 Zuerich, Kun, F., Andrade, J. S. Jr., and Herrmann, H. J.. Sun . "Computer simulation of fatigue under diametrical compression". United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVE.75.046115.
@article{osti_21072418,
title = {Computer simulation of fatigue under diametrical compression},
author = {Carmona, H. A. and IfB, HIF, E18, ETH, Hoenggerberg, 8093 Zuerich and Kun, F. and Andrade, J. S. Jr. and Herrmann, H. J.},
abstractNote = {We study the fatigue fracture of disordered materials by means of computer simulations of a discrete element model. We extend a two-dimensional fracture model to capture the microscopic mechanisms relevant for fatigue and we simulate the diametric compression of a disc shape specimen under a constant external force. The model allows us to follow the development of the fracture process on the macrolevel and microlevel varying the relative influence of the mechanisms of damage accumulation over the load history and healing of microcracks. As a specific example we consider recent experimental results on the fatigue fracture of asphalt. Our numerical simulations show that for intermediate applied loads the lifetime of the specimen presents a power law behavior. Under the effect of healing, more prominent for small loads compared to the tensile strength of the material, the lifetime of the sample increases and a fatigue limit emerges below which no macroscopic failure occurs. The numerical results are in a good qualitative agreement with the experimental findings.},
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVE.75.046115},
journal = {Physical Review. E, Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics},
number = 4,
volume = 75,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007},
month = {Sun Apr 15 00:00:00 EDT 2007}
}