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Journal Articles European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids Year : 2016

Theoretical estimates for flat voids coalescence by internal necking


Coalescence of voids by internal necking is in most cases the last microscopic event related to ductile fracture and corresponds to a localized plastic flow between adjacent voids. Macroscopic load associated to the onset of coalescence is classically estimated based on limit analysis. However, a rigorous upper-bound mathematical expression for the limit-load required for flat voids coalescence that remains finite for penny-shaped voids/cracks is still unavailable. Therefore, based on limit analysis, theoretical upper-bound estimates - both integral expression and closed-form formula - are obtained for the limit-load of cylindrical flat voids in cylindrical unit-cell subjected to boundary conditions allowing the assessment of coalescence, for axisymmetric stress state. These estimates, leading to finite limit-loads for penny-shaped cracks, are shown to be in very good agreement with numerical limit analysis, for both cylindrical and spheroidal voids. Approximate formula is also given for coalescence under combined tension and shear loading. These coalescence criteria can thus be used to predict onset of coalescence of voids by internal necking in ductile fracture modelling.

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cea-02389790 , version 1 (02-12-2019)



J. Hure, P.O. Barrioz. Theoretical estimates for flat voids coalescence by internal necking. European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids, 2016, 60, pp.217-226. ⟨10.1016/j.euromechsol.2016.08.001⟩. ⟨cea-02389790⟩
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