Three-dimensional ductile fracture analysis with a hybrid multiresolution approach and microtomography

Shan Tang, Adrian M. Kopacz, Stephanie Chan O'Keeffe, Gregory B. Olson, Wing Kam Liu*

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A modified-JIC test on CT (compact tension) specimens of an alloy (Ti-Modified 4330 steel) was carried out. The microstructure (primary and secondary inclusions) in the fracture process zone and fracture surface are reconstructed with a microtomography technique. The zig-zag fracture profile resulting from nucleation of microvoid sheets at the secondary population of inclusions is observed. Embedding the experimentally reconstructed microstructure into the fracture process zone, the ductile fracture process occurring at different length scales within the microstructure is modeled by a hybrid multiresolution approach. In combination with the large scale simulation, detailed studies and statistical analysis show that shearing of microvoids (the secondary population of voids) determines the mixed mode zig-zag fracture profile. The deformation in the macro and micro zones along with the interaction between them affects the fracture process. The observed zig-zag fracture profile in the experiment is also reasonably captured. Simulations can provide a more detailed understanding of the mechanics of the fracture process than experiments which is beneficial in microstructure design to improve performance of alloys.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2108-2124
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Ductile fracture
  • Multiresolution
  • Void growth
  • Zig-zag fracture path

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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