Linear and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics revisited by use of Fourier transforms - Theory and application

W H Muller, K P Herrmann, S Neumann

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether and how discrete Fourier transforms (DFT) can be used to compute the local stress/ strain distribution around holes in externally loaded two-dimensional representative volume elements (RVEs). To this end, the properties of DFT are first reviewed and then applied to the solution of linear elastic and time-dependent elastic plastic material response. The equivalent inclusion method is used to derive a functional equation which allows for the numerical computation of stresses and strains within an RVE with heterogeneities of arbitrary shape and stiffness. This functional equation is then specialized to the case of circular and elliptical holes of different minor axes which eventually degenerate into Griffith cracks. The numerically predicted stresses and strains are compared to the corresponding analytical solutions for a single circular as well as an elliptical hole in an infinitely large plate under tension as well as to finite element calculations (for time-independent elastic/plastic material response). © 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)186-196
Number of pages11
JournalComputational Materials Science
Volume16
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999

Keywords

  • Composite materials
  • Discrete Fourier transforms
  • Stress concentration
  • Stress intensity factor

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