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Using the equivalent material concept and the average strain energy density to analyse the fracture behaviour of structural materials

Abstract: This paper provides a complete overview of the applicability of the Equivalent Material Concept in conjunction with the Average Strain Energy Density criterion, to provide predictions of fracture loads in structural materials containing U-notches. The Average Strain Density Criterion (ASED) has a linear-elastic nature, so in principle, it does not provide satisfactory predictions of fracture loads in those materials with nonlinear behaviour. However, the Equivalent Material Concept (EMC) is able to transform a physically nonlinear material into an equivalent linear-elastic one and, therefore, the combination of the ASED criterion with the EMC (EMC?ASED criterion) should provide good predictions of fracture loads in physically nonlinear materials. The EMC?ASED criterion is here applied to different types of materials (polymers, composites and metals) with different grades of nonlinearity, showing the accuracy of the corresponding fracture load predictions and revealing qualitatively the limitations of the methodology. It is shown how the EMC?ASED criterion provides good predictions of fracture loads in nonlinear materials as long as the nonlinear behaviour is mainly limited to the tensile behaviour, and how the accuracy decreases when the nonlinear behaviour is extended to the material behaviour in the presence of defects

 Autoría: Cicero S., Fuentes J.D., Torabi A.R.,

 Fuente: Applied Sciences, 2020, 10(5), 1601

 Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 01/03/2020

 Nº de páginas: 13

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/app10051601

 ISSN: 2076-3417

 Proyecto español: PGC2018-095400-B-I00