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Compressive strength/failure test on brick

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Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum and quite new with FEA.

Currently i'm trying to find compressive strength or maximum failure stress on a modeled brick. Is't possible? What parameters or properties do i need in hand in order to proceed?


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Mesh sensitivity in stress based failure criterion


 I want to simulate filaure in cement mortar. I am using Rankine criterion for detecting failure. For propagating damage i want to soften element. Here can I suddenly reduce the stiffness of the element to a negligible value as soon as it reaches specified failure criterion. I read in some book about mesh sensitivity in stress based failure criterion but i could not understand.Can some body expalin what is its consequence of suddenly reducing stiffness of element to a negligible value. How mesh will effect.

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Cohesive Failure Law

Can anyone please suggest material for Cohesive Failure Model. I need to know the basic concepts that deals with cohesive failure model. I would also like to know how deltanc, deltatc etc are formulated in this model. Please sugggest.


Hi all,

     Here I encoutered a error in ABAQUS when I include ALE with VUMAT. When ALE was not included with VUMAT, my job can work well while with the combination of VUMAT and ALE, the job cann't work any more due to a "Signal 8" error. And if I use a built-in material model and at the same time ALE, a job can work. Furthermore, element failure is considered in all of the cases.

    Anyone can give some suggetion? Thanks in advance!


Puzzle: What caused this failure?

Here's a puzzle for our readers.  The following image is of the surface of a failed joint followed by a picture of the joint (not the same one but a similar one) before joining.  What material is it? What caused the failure?  All manner of speculation is welcome.

Failed joint

Unfailed joint

Unfailed surface 2

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Multi-Axial Failure Models for Fiber-Reinforced Composites

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Griffith controversy

Using the Griffith energy method for analysis of cavitation under hydrostatic tension we conclude that the critical tension tends to infinity when the cavity radius approaches zero (IJSS, 2006, doi: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2006.12.022). The conclusion is physically meaningless, of course. Moreover, if we assume that the failure process occurs at the edge of the cavity then the critical tension should be length-independent for small but finite cavities while the Griffith analysis always exhibits length-dependence. The main Griffith idea - introduction of the surface energy - is controversial because it sets up the characteristic length, say, surface energy over volume energy. By no means is this approach in peace with the length-independent classical continuum mechanics.

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