A cohesive boundary element approach to material degradation inthree-dimensional polycrystalline aggregates

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Abstract

A new three-dimensional grain-level formulation for intergranular degradation and failure inpolycrystalline materials is presented. The polycrystalline microstructure is represented as a Voronoitessellation and the boundary element method is used to express the elastic problem for each crystal of theaggregate. The continuity of the aggregate is enforced through suitable conditions at the intergranularinterfaces. The grain-boundary model takes into account the onset and evolution of damage by means of anirreversible linear cohesive law, able to address mixed-mode failure conditions. Upon interface failure, anon-linear frictional contact analysis is introduced for addressing the contact between micro-crack surfaces.An incremental-iterative algorithm is used for tracking the micro-degradation and cracking evolution. Thebehavior of a polycrystalline specimen under tensile load has been performed, to show the capability of theformulation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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