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Role of spatial patterns in fracture of disordered multiphase materials
Published in American Physical Society
Volume: 102
Issue: 5
Multiphase materials, such as composite materials, exhibit multiple competing failure mechanisms during the growth of a macroscopic defect. For the simulation of the overall fracture process in such materials, we develop a two-phase spring network model that accounts for the architecture between the different components as well as the respective disorders in their failure characteristics. In the specific case of a plain weave architecture, we show that any offset between the layers reduces the delocalization of the stresses at the crack tip and thereby substantially lowers the strength and fracture toughness of the overall laminate. The avalanche statistics of the broken springs do not show a distinguishable dependence on the offsets between layers. The power-law exponents are found to be much smaller than that of disordered spring network models in the absence of a crack. A discussion is developed on the possibility of the avalanche statistics being those near breakdown. © 2020 American Physical Society.
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