A unified potential-based cohesive model of mixed-mode fracture

Kyoungsoo Park, Glaucio H. Paulino, Jeffery R. Roesler

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A generalized potential-based constitutive model for mixed-mode cohesive fracture is presented in conjunction with physical parameters such as fracture energy, cohesive strength and shape of cohesive interactions. It characterizes different fracture energies in each fracture mode, and can be applied to various material failure behavior (e.g. quasi-brittle). The unified potential leads to both intrinsic (with initial slope indicators to control elastic behavior) and extrinsic cohesive zone models. Path dependence of work-of-separation is investigated with respect to proportional and non-proportional paths-this investigation demonstrates consistency of the cohesive constitutive model. The potential-based model is verified by simulating a mixed-mode bending test. The actual potential is named PPR (Park-Paulino-Roesler), after the first initials of the authors' last names.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)891-908
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We acknowledge support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Grant CMMI #0800805. The information presented in this paper is the sole opinion of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsoring agency.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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