Discontinuous failure in micropolar elastic-degrading models
Lapo Gori, Samuel S. Penna, Roque L. da Silva Pitangueira
International Journal of Damage Mechanics , 2017
Resumo (em inglês)
The present paper investigates the phenomenon of discontinuous failure (or localization) in elastic-degrading micropolar media. A recently proposed unified formulation for elastic degradation in micropolar media, defined in terms of secant tensors, loading functions and degradation rules, is used as a starting point for the localization analysis. Well-known concepts on acceleration waves propagation, such as the Maxwell compatibility condition and the Fresnel–Hadamard propagation condition, are derived for the considered material model in order to obtain a proper failure indicator. Peculiar problems are investigated analytically in details, in order to evaluate the effects on the onset of localization of two of the additional material parameters of the micropolar continuum, the Cosserat’s shear modulus and the internal bending length. Numerical simulations with a finite element model are also presented, in order to show the regularization behaviour of the micropolar formulation on the pathological effects due to the localization phenomenon.