Peridynamic finite element modelling of quasibrittle structures

Nicolas Sau*, Ana Cecilia Borbon-Almada, Antonia Lopezhiguera

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In a number of applications, large size structures subjected to loads that cause highly non-linear behavior need to be analyzed. With the peridynamic theory, proposed by Stewart Silling in 2000 and 2007, elasticity and damage in quasibrittle structures such as plain and reinforced concrete structures can be modeled with the peridynamic theory. To model these structures, lattice models with brittle beam elements are used to model concrete. A shortcoming of lattice and particle models is that they are highly demanding of computational power. Molecular dynamics may be, in some cases an appropriate tool for analyzing microcracks in quasibrittle materials in compression, but molecular dynamics becomes infeasible at scales larger than a few million atoms. For example, in masonry structures, cracks form in the brick mortar joints, and concrete blocks can be assumed to have a uniform displacement field. This allows us to use the peridynamic finite element model, which is an improvement over discrete lattice models. This model assumes a continuous displacement field within each finite element, with displacement discontinuities allowed to develop between finite elements. The objective of this work is to model cracks in quasibrittle structures, with the peridynamic model. The peridynamic finite element model is shown to be much more computer time-and memoryefficient than the similar discrete particle-based models. Results show that this implementation appears to be more computationally efficient than particle or lattice models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalWorld Congress in Computational Mechanics and ECCOMAS Congress
StatePublished - 2021
Event14th World Congress of Computational Mechanics and ECCOMAS Congress, WCCM-ECCOMAS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 11 Jan 202115 Jan 2021

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  • Concrete
  • FEM
  • Fracture
  • Materials
  • Peridynamics


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