Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
In this study we present the variational approach to fracture mechanics as a versatile tool for the modeling of the fracture phenomenon in solids. Variational fracture mechanics restates the problem of initiation and propagation of cracks in solids as an energy minimization problem. The edifice of this energy minimization problem is such that unlike other methods (e.g. extended finite element method XFEM, cohesive-zone methods) the variational approach to fracture mechanics, diminishes the need for an a priori knowledge of the crack path or ad hoc assumptions in the form of path selection laws. We will show applications of the variational approach to fracture mechanics to the thin-film and the classical two and three dimensional elasticity settings and to simulation of double-torsion experiments.
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Mesgarnejad, Ataollah, "Applications of the Variational Approach to Fracture Mechanics" (2014). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 2776.
Khonsari, Michael M