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A state-of-the-art review of crack branching

Yanan Sun, Michael G. Edwards, Bin Chen, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

Engineering Fracture Mechanics, Volume: 257, Start page: 108036

Swansea University Authors: Yanan Sun, Michael G. Edwards, Chenfeng Li Orcid Logo

  • Accepted Manuscript under embargo until: 2nd October 2022

Abstract

Crack branching has important theoretical and practical significance in many natural phenomena and practical engineering problems. At present, the field of crack branching is still at an exploration stage, lacking a unified explanation of the underlying mechanisms and an effective method to predict...

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Published in: Engineering Fracture Mechanics
ISSN: 0013-7944
Published: Elsevier BV 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa58316
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Abstract: Crack branching has important theoretical and practical significance in many natural phenomena and practical engineering problems. At present, the field of crack branching is still at an exploration stage, lacking a unified explanation of the underlying mechanisms and an effective method to predict crack branching in practical materials. This paper provides a state-of-the-art review of crack branching, including experimental observations, physics, fracture models and associated numerical methods. The experimental observations are first summarized, followed by the physics of crack branching. Then, the crack models including discrete crack models and smeared crack models are discussed, highlighting their key features, advantages and limitations. Next, a number of numerical methods that have been used to simulate crack branching are reviewed in detail, including the finite element method (FEM), extended finite element method (XFEM), boundary element method (BEM), meshfree methods (MMs), peridynamics (PD) and discrete element method (DEM). Finally, based on the information reviewed above, the future research directions of crack branching modelling are discussed.
Keywords: Crack branching; Fracture propagation; Experiment; Criterion; Numerical simulation
College: College of Engineering
Start Page: 108036