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DOI 10.1016/j.cma.2020.113210
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Title (Primary) On crack opening computation in variational phase-field models for fracture
Author Yoshioka, K.; Naumov, D.; Kolditz, O. ORCID logo
Journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
Year 2020
Department ENVINF
Volume 369
Page From art. 113210
Language englisch
Keywords Crack opening displacement; Fracture aperture; Phase-field models of fracture; Hydraulic fracturing; OpenGeoSys

Phase-field models for fracture have gained exceptional popularity in the last couple of decades and have been extended into areas well beyond brittle quasi-static fracture propagation to ductile, dynamic, or hydraulic fracturing. Despite the significant theoretical advancements in these more complex physical settings, little attention has been paid to the quantification of crack opening displacement to date as most applications do not explicitly require the crack opening displacement for the morphological evolution of cracks. However, one of the exemptions would be hydraulic fracturing where the crack propagation is driven by the fluid pressure which strongly depends on the crack opening displacement.

In this study, we look into two known approaches, a line integral and a level-set method, for crack opening computation mainly from an implementation point of view. Firstly, we derive an approximation of a discontinuous function field in the variational phase-field setting which is then applied to obtain the crack opening (displacement jump) and verify the approximation against a closed solution. We then propose a “certain distance from the crack” required for the level-set function using a one-dimensional analysis. Finally, we compare these approaches under several different conditions such as crack alignment to the mesh or under loading (asymmetric displacement field) and investigate the convergence with respect to the mesh size.

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Yoshioka, K., Naumov, D., Kolditz, O. (2020):
On crack opening computation in variational phase-field models for fracture
Comput. Meth. Appl. Mech. Eng. 369 , art. 113210