Acta Mechanica Sinica

, 27:541 | Cite as

Incubation time fracture criterion for FEM simulations

  • Vladimir BratovEmail author
Research Paper


The paper is discussing problems connected with embedment of the incubation time criterion for brittle fracture into finite element computational schemes. Incubation time fracture criterion is reviewed; practical questions of its numerical implementation are extensively discussed. Several examples of how the incubation time fracture criterion can be used as fracture condition in finite element computations are given. The examples include simulations of dynamic crack propagation and arrest, impact crater formation (i.e. fracture in initially intact media), spall fracture in plates, propagation of cracks in pipelines. Applicability of the approach to model initiation, development and arrest of dynamic fracture is claimed.


Fracture dynamics Incubation time Crack dynamics Finite element method Fracture arrest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Problem in Mechanical Engineering of the Russian Academy of SciencesSt.-PetersburgRussia

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