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A new marching ridges algorithm for crack path tracking in regularized media

Abstract : Tracking algorithms are used to predict crack paths in structures modeled with the finite element method, in such a way that the paths do not depend on the selected mesh. For regularized media, the simplest methods rely on scalar variables, somehow related to material degradation. Despite their simplicity, they suffer from a major limitation: they allow the crack to initiate and propagate in only one direction. Consequently, such approaches usually fail in case of crack branching or crack initiation inside the structure. To overcome this difficulty, we propose a new crack path tracking algorithm. It is designed to simultaneously detect several local maxima of a degradation-related variable by following the associated ridge lines. That is why the algorithm proposed in this paper could be referred to as a marching ridges algorithm. The performance of the proposed approach is illustrated by three numerical examples within different frameworks. The first ones show that the algorithm can be used to insert crack increments during a ductile failure computation with a quasi-static implicit resolution procedure, in 2D and 3D. The last example proves that the algorithm can be used as a post-processing tool to capture dynamic crack branching from a damage distribution image only.
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Sylvia Feld-Payet, Vincent Chiaruttini, Jacques Besson, Frédéric Feyel. A new marching ridges algorithm for crack path tracking in regularized media. International Journal of Solids and Structures, Elsevier, 2015, 71, pp.57-69. ⟨10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2015.04.043⟩. ⟨hal-01199601⟩



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