Published in Engineering Fracture Mechanics Vol. 150, pp. 96-114, 2015
This paper extends the use of crack-tracking techniques within the smeared crack approach for the numerical simulation of cohesive–frictional damage on quasi-brittle materials. The mechanical behaviour is described by an isotropic damage model with a Mohr–Coulomb failure surface. The correct crack propagation among the two alternative fracture planes proposed by the Mohr–Coulomb theory is selected with the use of an energy criterion based on the total elastic strain energy. The simulation of three benchmark problems of mixed-mode fracture in concrete demonstrates that the proposed methodology can reproduce the material’s frictional characteristics, showing robustness, as well as mesh-size and mesh-bias independenc
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