J. Cirne, R. Dormeval, et al.
J. Phys. IV France 134 (2006) 501-506
Adaptive numerical modeling of dynamic crack propagationH. Adouani, B. Tie, C. Berdin and D. Aubry
Laboratoire de Mécanique Sols-Structures-Matériaux (CNRS UMR 8579), École Centrale Paris, Grande Voie des Vignes, 92295 Châtenay Malabry Cedex, France
Published online: 26 July 2006
We propose an adaptive numerical strategy that aims at developing reliable and efficient numerical tools to model dynamic crack propagation and crack arrest. We use the cohesive zone theory as behavior of interface-type elements to model crack. Since the crack path is generally unknown beforehand, adaptive meshing is proposed to model the dynamic crack propagation. The dynamic study requires the development of specific solvers for time integration. As both geometry and finite element mesh of the studied structure evolve in time during transient analysis, the stability behavior of dynamic solver becomes a major concern. For this purpose, we use the space-time discontinuous Galerkin finite element method [1-2], well-known to provide a natural framework to manage meshes that evolve in time. As an important result, we prove that the space-time discontinuous Galerkin solver is unconditionally stable, when the dynamic crack propagation is modeled by the cohesive zone theory, which is highly non-linear.
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