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A comparison of two microplane constitutive models for quasi-brittle materials. (English) Zbl 1228.74069
Summary: We present a comparison of two microplane constitutive models. The basis of the microplane constitutive models are described and the adopted assumptions for the conception of these models are discussed, with regard to: decomposition of the macroscopic strains into the microplanes, definition of the microplane material laws, including the choice of variables that control the material degradation, and homogenization process to obtain the macroscopic quantities. The differences between the two models, with respect to the employed assumptions, are emphasized and expressions to calculate the macroscopic stresses are presented. The models are then used to describe the behavior of quasi-brittle materials by finite element simulations of uniaxial tension and compression and pure share stress tests. The results of the simulations permit to compare the capability of the models in describing the post critical strain-softening behavior, without numerically induced strain localization.

74R10 Brittle fracture
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