Phase-field simulation of ductile fracture in shell structures
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Original versionComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering. 2021, 385, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cma.2021.114019
In this paper, a computational framework for simulating ductile fracture in multipatch shell structures is presented. A ductile fracture phase-field model at finite strains is combined with an isogeometric Kirchhoff-Love shell formulation. For the application to complex structures, we employ a penalty approach for imposing, at patch interfaces, displacement and rotational continuity and C0 and C1 continuity of the phase-field, the latter required if a higher-order phase-field formulation is adopted. We study the mesh dependency of the numerical model and we show that mesh refinement allows for capturing important features of ductile fracture such as cracking along shear bands. Therefore, we investigate the effectiveness of a predictor-corrector algorithm for adaptive mesh refinement based on LR NURBS. Thanks to the adoption of time- and space-adaptivity strategies, it is possible to simulate the failure of complex structures with a reasonable computational effort. Finally, we compare the predictions of the numerical model with experimental results.