Numerical study of the failure of materials embedding soft to hard particles
1 IATE, CIRAD, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, Université de Montpellier, F-34060, Montpellier, France
2 Laboratoire de Mécanique et Génie Civil (LMGC), Université de Montpellier, CNRS, Montpellier, France
3 <MS E> 2, UMI 3466 CNRS-MIT, CEE, MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge CA 02139, USA
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Published online: 30 June 2017
In this study, we use a bond-based peridynamic approach to investigate the mechanical strength and cracking of composite materials with spherical inclusions. The total volume fraction of particles and the particle-matrix toughness ratio were varied to cover a range of soft to hard inclusions. The mean particle damage was characterized together with crack patterns at a sub-particle scale. Three types of crack patterns are identified depending on the toughness ratio.
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