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A diffuse cohesive energy approach to fracture and plasticity: the one-dimensional case

Gianpietro Del Piero, Giovanni Lancioni and Riccardo March

Vol. 8 (2013), No. 2-4, 109–151
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In the fracture model presented in this paper, the basic assumption is that the energy is the sum of two terms, one elastic and one cohesive, depending on the elastic and inelastic part of the deformation, respectively. Two variants are examined: a local model, and a nonlocal model obtained by adding a gradient term to the cohesive energy. While the local model only applies to materials which obey Drucker’s postulate and only predicts catastrophic failure, the nonlocal model describes the softening regime and predicts two collapse mechanisms, one for brittle fracture and one for ductile fracture.

In its nonlocal version, the model has two main advantages over the models existing in the literature. The first is that the basic elements of the theory (the yield function, hardening rule, and evolution laws) are not assumed, but are determined as necessary conditions for the existence of solutions in incremental energy minimization. This reduces to a minimum the number of independent assumptions required to construct the model. The second advantage is that, with appropriate choices of the analytical shape of the cohesive energy, it becomes possible to reproduce, with surprising accuracy, a large variety of observed experimental responses. In all cases, the model provides a description of the entire evolution, from the initial elastic regime to final rupture.

nonlocal plasticity, strain localization, variational fracture, ductile fracture, incremental energy minimization
Received: 6 July 2012
Revised: 28 March 2013
Accepted: 10 April 2013
Published: 6 October 2013
Gianpietro Del Piero
Dipartimento di Ingegneria
Università di Ferrara
Via Saragat 1
44100 Ferrara
Giovanni Lancioni
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Edile e Architettura
Università Politecnica delle Marche
Via Brecce Bianche 12
60131 Ancona
Riccardo March
Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo “Mauro Picone”
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Via dei Taurini 19
00185 Roma