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Effective toughness of disordered brittle solids: A homogenization framework


This paper addresses the question of the homogenization of fracture properties for three-dimensional disordered brittle solids. The effective toughness, identified as the minimum elastic energy release rate required to ensure crack growth, is predicted from a semi-analytical framework inspired by both micromechanics and statistical physics that encompasses the decisive influences of both the material disorder and the mechanisms of interaction between a crack and heterogeneities. Theoretical predictions are compared to numerical values of the effective toughness that are computed with the fracture mechanics based semi-analytical method of Lebihain et al. (2020). Based on a perturbative approach of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics, this method allows for the efficient computation of crack propagation under tensile Mode I loading in composite material containing several millions of inclusions, where the crack interacts with them through two mechanisms : crossing, wherein the crack penetrates the inclusion, and bypass , wherein the crack wanders out-of-plane and follows the inclusion/matrix interface. We show that our homogenization procedure provides an accurate prediction of the homogenized fracture properties for a broad range of microstructural parameters such as the inclusions toughness, their density or their shape. This original theoretical framework constitutes a powerful mean to bridge the microstructural parameters of materials with their crack growth resistance, beyond the particular cases considered in the performed simulations. As a result, it provides new strategies for the rational design of optimized brittle composites with tailored fracture properties.
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hal-03454218 , version 1 (29-11-2021)



Mathias Lebihain, Laurent Ponson, Djimédo Kondo, Jean-Baptiste Leblond. Effective toughness of disordered brittle solids: A homogenization framework. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2021, 153, pp.104463. ⟨10.1016/j.jmps.2021.104463⟩. ⟨hal-03454218⟩
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