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A Coupled-Constitutive Model for Ductile Fracture: Void Nucleation to Coalescence

[+] Author Affiliations
Cliff Butcher, Zengtao Chen

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2010-39229, pp. 185-194; 10 pages
doi:10.1115/IMECE2010-39229
From:
  • ASME 2010 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Mechanics of Solids, Structures and Fluids
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 12–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4446-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME

abstract

A novel framework and integration scheme has been developed to implement a secant-based homogenization theory for particle-reinforced plasticity into an existing damage-based constitutive model, the well known Gurson-Tvergaard (GT) model. In this approach, the material is treated as a three-phase composite composed of voids and particles embedded in a ductile matrix. Two successive homogenization theories (damage- and particle-based) are then applied to determine the macro-mechanical response of the material as well as the average stress state within the constituents as a function of the particle shape, composition, and volume fraction. By identifying the stress state within the particles and the matrix, void nucleation can be accurately represented and the void growth and coalescence models are improved through knowledge of the stress state within the matrix. The performance of the coupled model is evaluated using a model aluminum alloy. A parametric study is performed to elucidate the influence of the second-phase particles and their shape on damage evolution and ductile fracture.

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