|Title||On formulations for modeling pressurized cracks within phase-field methods for fracture|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2023|
|Authors||A Costa, T Hu, and JE Dolbow|
|Journal||Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics|
Over the past few decades, the phase-field method for fracture has seen widespread appeal due to the many benefits associated with its ability to regularize a sharp crack geometry. Along the way, several different models for including the effects of pressure loads on the crack faces have been developed. This work investigates the performance of these models and compares them to a relatively new formulation for incorporating crack-face pressure loads. It is shown how the new formulation can be obtained either by modifying the trial space in the traditional variational principle or by postulating a new functional that is dependent on the rates of the primary variables. The key differences between the new formulation and existing models for pressurized cracks in a phase-field setting are highlighted. Model-based simulations developed with discretized versions of the new formulation and existing models are then used to illustrate the advantages and differences. In order to analyze the results, a domain form of the J-integral is developed for diffuse cracks subjected to pressure loads. Results are presented for a one-dimensional cohesive crack, steady crack growth, and crack nucleation from a pressurized enclosure.
|Short Title||Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics|