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Stability and robustness issues in numerical modeling of material failure with the strong discontinuity approach. (English) Zbl 1331.74168
Summary: Robustness and stability of the Continuum Strong Discontinuity Approach (CSDA) to material failure are addressed. After identification of lack of symmetry of the finite element formulation and material softening in the constitutive model as possible causes of loss of robustness, two remedies are proposed: (1) the use of an specific symmetric version of the elementary enriched (E-FEM) finite element with embedded discontinuities and (2) a new implicit–explicit integration of the internal variable, in the constitutive model, which renders the tangent constitutive algorithmic operator positive definite and constant. The combination of both developments leads to finite element formulations with constant, in the time step, and non-singular tangent structural stiffness, allowing dramatic improvements in terms of robustness and computational costs. After assessing the convergence and stability properties of the new strategies, three-dimensional numerical simulations of failure problems illustrate the performance of the proposed procedures.

MSC:
74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
74R99 Fracture and damage
74E30 Composite and mixture properties
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