A coupled ALE-Cohesive formulation for layered structural systems

Marco Francesco Funari, Fabrizio Greco, Paolo Lonetti

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    A computational formulation able to simulate crack initiation and growth in layered structural systems is proposed. In order to identify the position of the onset interfacial defects and their dynamic debonding mechanisms, a moving mesh strategy, based on Arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian (ALE) approach, is combined with a cohesive interface methodology, in which weak based moving connections are implemented by using the finite element formulation. Contrarily to the existing models available from the literature, the proposed approach appears to be able to describe dynamic debonding processes with a relatively low number of computational elements also in specimens without a pre-existing interfacial crack. The numerical formulation has been implemented by means separate steps, concerned, at first, to identify the correct position of the onset cracks and, subsequently, their growth by changing the computational geometry of the interfaces. In order to verify the accuracy and to validate the proposed methodology, comparisons with experimental and numerical results are developed. In particular, the results, in terms of location and speed of the debonding front, obtained by the proposed model, are compared with the ones arising from the literature. Moreover, a parametric study in terms of geometrical characteristics of the layered structure are developed. The investigation reveals the impact of the stiffening of the reinforced strip and of adhesive thickness on the dynamic debonding mechanisms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)362-369
    Number of pages8
    JournalProcedia Structural Integrity
    Early online date15 May 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • debonding
    • ALE
    • dynamic delamination
    • FEM
    • crack onset
    • layered structures


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