Constitutive modeling of void-growth-based tensile ductile failures with stress triaxiality effects

Angel Mora Cordova, Jinxing Liu, Tamer S. El Sayed

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In most metals and alloys, the evolution of voids has been generally recognized as the basic failure mechanism. Furthermore, stress triaxiality has been found to influence void growth dramatically. Besides strain intensity, it is understood to be the most important factor that controls the initiation of ductile fracture. We include sensitivity of stress triaxiality in a variational porous plasticity model, which was originally derived from hydrostatic expansion. Under loading conditions rather than hydrostatic deformation, we allow the critical pressure for voids to be exceeded so that the growth due to plasticity becomes dependent on the stress triaxiality. The limitations of the spherical void growth assumption are investigated. Our improved constitutive model is validated through good agreements with experimental data. Its capacity for reproducing realistic failure patterns is also indicated by a numerical simulation of a compact tensile (CT) test. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3212-3221
Number of pages10
JournalApplied Mathematical Modelling
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 2014

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: This work was fully funded by the MUST baseline fund.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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