J. Phys. IV France
Volume 110, September 2003
Page(s) 359 - 364

J. Phys. IV France
110 (2003) 359
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20020720

Advances in fracture algorithm development in GRIM

I. Cullis, P. Church, P. Greenwood, W. Huntington-Thresher and M. Reynolds

QinetiQ Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7BP, U.K

The numerical treatment of fracture processes has long been a major challenge in any hydrocode, but has been particularly acute in Eulerian Hydrocodes. This is due to the difficulties in establishing a consistent process for treating failure and the post failure treatment, which is complicated by advection, mixed cell and interface issues, particularly post failure. This alone increase the complexity of incorporating and validating a failure model compared to a Lagrange hydrocode, where the numerical treatment is much simpler. This paper outlines recent significant progress in the incorporation of fracture models in GRIM and the advection of damage across cell boundaries within the mesh. This has allowed a much more robust treatment of fracture in an Eulerian frame of reference and has greatly expanded the scope of tractable dynamic fracture scenarios. The progress has been possible due to a careful integration of the fracture algorithm within the numerical integration scheme to maintain a consistent representation of the physics. The paper describes various applications, which demonstrate the robustness and efficiency of the scheme and highlight some of the future challenges.

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