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Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering

Front Struc Civil Eng    2013, Vol. 7 Issue (4) : 369-378
A continuous/discontinuous deformation analysis (CDDA) method based on deformable blocks for fracture modeling
Yongchang CAI(), Hehua ZHU, Xiaoying ZHUANG
State Key Laboratory for Disaster Reduction in Civil Engineering, Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, ?Shanghai 20092, China
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In the framework of finite element meshes, a novel continuous/discontinuous deformation analysis (CDDA) method is proposed in this paper for modeling of crack problems. In the present CDDA, simple polynomial interpolations are defined at the deformable block elements, and a link element is employed to connect the adjacent block elements. The CDDA is particularly suitable for modeling the fracture propagation because the switch from continuous deformation analysis to discontinuous deformation analysis is natural and convenient without additional procedures. The SIFs (stress intensity factors) for various types of cracks, such as kinked cracks or curved cracks, can be easily computed in the CDDA by using the virtual crack extension technique (VCET). Both the formulation and implementation of the VCET in CDDA are simple and straightforward. Numerical examples indicate that the present CDDA can obtain high accuracy in SIF results with simple polynomial interpolations and insensitive to mesh sizes, and can automatically simulate the crack propagation without degrading accuracy.

Keywords fracture      crack      propagation      deformable block      continuous/discontinuous deformation analysis (CDDA)     
Corresponding Author(s): CAI Yongchang,   
Issue Date: 05 December 2013
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Yongchang CAI,Hehua ZHU,Xiaoying ZHUANG. A continuous/discontinuous deformation analysis (CDDA) method based on deformable blocks for fracture modeling[J]. Front Struc Civil Eng, 2013, 7(4): 369-378.
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Fig.1  Discrete model of an arbitrary analysis domain
Fig.2  Divide the block element along the crack growth direction
Fig.3  Nodal adjustment around the crack tip
Fig.4  Central-cracked plate
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Tab.1  SIFs for the central-cracked plate
Fig.5  A three-point bending specimen
Tab.2  SIFs for the three-point bend specimen
Fig.6  Curved crack in an infinite plate
Fig.7  2083 discrete nodes
Tab.3  SIFs for the curved crack
Fig.8  Branched crack in an infinite plate
Tab.4  SIFs for branched crack in an infinite plate
Fig.9  3688 discrete nodes
Fig.10  PMMA beam with circle holes
Fig.11  One stage of the crack growth
Fig.12  Comparison of crack growth path between CDA solution and experiment results
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