Nonlocal geometric fracture theory: A nonlocal-local asymptotically compatible framework for continuous–discontinuous deformation of solid materials

Haitao Yu, Yuqi Sun

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Abstract

One of the fundamental but unsolved problems in fracture mechanics of solid materials is how to describe the continuous and discontinuous deformation of continuum in a unified manner. This paper aims to develop a novel nonlocal geometric fracture theory attempting to address this essential issue. Using the concepts of nonlocal calculus, a new nonlocal equation for the deformation of continuum is obtained by minimizing a nonlocal Lagrangian. This is done to ensure that the proposed nonlocal model can be used to describe the continuous and discontinuous deformation of a continuum in a unified geometric manner, as well as to be asymptotically compatible with the classical continuum theory. Inspired by the phase field fracture theory, a nonlocal geometric crack surface functional is proposed to approximate the Griffith fracture energy in continuum. Note, however, that a distinguished feature of the proposed functional is that it enables strong discontinuities appear in the crack phase fields, which is difficult for the phase field fracture theory. After obtaining the nonlocal fracture energy, a nonlocal elastic energy is phenomenologically decomposed into volumetric and deviatoric parts, and then a system of nonlocal geometric fracture equations is derived to describe the damage nucleation, cracks initiation and propagation, which covers the whole physical process of fracture in solid materials. A staggered discontinuous Galerkin method is developed to reach an accurate and stable numerical solution. Numerical examples demonstrate the proposed theory can well capture the transition from the continuous to discontinuous deformation of the continuum and accurately describe the topological evolution of cracks in a unified framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4740-4768
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Volume124
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2023
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • asymptotic consistency
  • discontinuous-Galerkin
  • geometric fracture
  • nonlocal Lagrangian

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