Fracture simulation of randomly cracked material with various crack length distributions

Kazushi Sato, Toshiyuki Hashida

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In this paper, cracking behavior of distributed microcracks is discussed using a numerical simulation. The microcracks are initially distributed in a rectangle region. The directions and locations of the cracks are chosen at random. Three kinds of length distributions are used, such as a uniform length, a random length distribution and a fractal length distribution. The crack propagations from the initially distributed cracks are analyzed under a uniaxial tensile load using liner elastic fracture mechanics. The global behaviors of various crack distribution are studied. Results obtained from the numerical calculations indicate that the effect of the crack length distribution is minor in term of the macroscopic behavior of the cracked body.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1055-1060
Number of pages6
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Issue numberII
Publication statusPublished - 2004
EventAdvances in Fracture and Failure Prevention: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Fracture and Strength of Solids (FEOFS2003): Second International Conference on Physics and Chemistry of Fracture and Failure Prevention (2nd ICPCF) - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2003 Oct 202003 Oct 22


  • Crack Growth
  • Crack Length Distribution
  • Fractal Distribution
  • Fracture
  • Numerical Simulation
  • Random Crack
  • Strength


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