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De-localizing brittle fracture


Extreme localization of damage in conventional brittle materials is the source of a host of undesirable effects. We show how artificially engineered metamaterials with all brittle constituents can be designed to ensure that every breakable sub-element fails independently. The main role in the proposed design is played by high contrast composite sub-structure with zero-stiffness, furnishing nonlocal stress redistribution. The ability to de-localize cracking in such nominally brittle systems is revealed by the fact that their continuum description is dominated by the gradient (bending) rather than classical (stretching) elasticity. By engineering a crossover from brittle to effectively ductile (quasi-brittle) behavior in prototypical systems of this type, we reveal the structural underpinning behind the difference between fracture and damage.
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hal-03369905 , version 1 (07-10-2021)



Oguz Umut Salman, L. Truskinovsky. De-localizing brittle fracture. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2021, 154, pp.104517. ⟨10.1016/j.jmps.2021.104517⟩. ⟨hal-03369905⟩
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