On the choice of parameters in the phase field method for simulating crack initiation with experimental validation

Abstract : The phase field method is a versatile simulation framework for studying initiation and propagation of complex crack networks without dependence to the finite element mesh. In this paper, we discuss the influence of parameters in the method and provide experimental validations of crack initiation and propagation in plaster specimens. More specifically, we show by theoretical and experimental analyses that the regularization length should be interpreted as a material parameter, and identified experimentally as it. Qualitative and quantitative comparisons between numerical predictions and experimental data are provided. We show that the phase field method can predict accurately crack initiation and propagation in plaster specimens in compression with respect to experiments, when the material parameters, including the characteristic length are identified by other simple experimental tests.
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T.T. Nguyen, Julien Yvonnet, Michel Bornert, Camille Chateau, Karam Sab, et al.. On the choice of parameters in the phase field method for simulating crack initiation with experimental validation. International Journal of Fracture, Springer Verlag, 2016, 197 (2), pp.213-226. ⟨10.1007/s10704-016-0082-1⟩. ⟨hal-01258035⟩

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