A multiresolution continuum simulation of the ductile fracture process

Rong Tian, Stephanie Chan, Shan Tang, Adrian M. Kopacz, Jian Sheng Wang, Herng Jeng Jou, Larbi Siad, Lars Erik Lindgren, Gregory B Olson, Wing K Liu

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With the advancement in computational science that is stepping into the Exascale era and experimental techniques that enable rapid reconstruction of the 3D microstructure, quantitative microstructure simulations at an unprecedented fidelity level are giving rise to new possibilities for linking microstructure to property. This paper presents recent advances in 3D computational modeling of ductile fracture in high toughness steels. Ductile fracture involves several concurrent and mutually interactive mechanisms at multiple length scales of microstructure. With serial sectioning tomographic techniques, a digital dataset of microstructure features associated with the fracture process has been experimentally reconstructed. In this study, primary particles are accurately and explicitly modeled while the secondary particles are modeled by a two scale multiresolution continuum model. The present numerical simulation captures detailed characteristics of the fracture process, such as zigzag crack morphology, critical void growth ratios, local stress triaxiality variation, and intervoid ligament structure. For the first time, fracture toughness is linked to multiscale microstructures in a realistic large 3D model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1681-1700
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2010


  • Finite elements
  • Fracture toughness and tomography
  • Multiresolution microstructure mechanics
  • Multiscale constitutive equations
  • Parallel computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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