Special Issue "Recent Advances in Failure Modeling of Solids and Structures"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Tinh Quoc Bui
Guest Editor
Tokyo Institute of Technology Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2-12-1-W8-22, Ookayama, Meguro-ku Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
Interests: computational mechanics; fracture mechanics; composites; functionally graded materials; numerical methods; computational inelasticity; structures
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Dr. Shunhua Chen

Guest Editor
Department of Systems Innovation, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Interests: novel numerical algorithms for failure analysis of composite structures under various loads; contact mechanics; particle-based methods; high performance computing; fluid-structure interaction (FSI) problems
Dr. Jose L. Curiel-Sosa
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Interests: numerical methods for fracture prediction; constitutive laws for damage prediction in composite materials; multiscale models for composite analyses; investigations on the behaviour of materials used in aerospace
Prof. Wei Gao

Guest Editor
School of Electro-mechanical Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, China
Interests: discrete element methods (DEM); coupling DEM/FEM methods; coupling DEM/IGA methods and the fracture analysis of composite structure; the granular material mixing and flow; brittle material fracture; Moving Particle Semi-implicit method (MPS); pedestrian safety and protection

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Material failure that would lead to structural integrity reduction and affect usage life still remains one of the major concerns in various engineering fields. Failure patterns arising in solids and structures may involve brittle cracking, fatigue damage, fragmentation, and progressive interfacial cracks, etc. Usually, two or more failure patterns appear during material degradation, and the interaction between them makes the problems more complicated. In recent decades, much interest has been devoted to failure analysis by means of numerical modeling. In this regard, many numerical algorithms have been proposed and used to contribute to the modeling of failure behavior and the understanding of failure mechanisms. This Special Issue aims to collect contributions addressing recent advances in numerical algorithms and applications related to material failure modeling of solids and structures.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Novel concepts of numerical algorithms for failure modeling;
  • Discrete crack approaches, e.g., Eigenerosion method, cohesive zone models, extended finite element methods, and discontinuous Galerkin-based models;
  • Regularized crack approaches, e.g., phase field models, non-local models, and gradient-enhanced models;
  • Mesh-free-based algorithms, e.g., discrete element methods, material point methods, and reproducing kernel particle methods;
  • Coupling methods and related adaptive algorithms, e.g., (adaptive) combined discrete/finite element methods, and (adaptive) coupling material point and finite element methods;
  • Novel applications of the existing numerical methods;
  • Revealing failure mechanisms using existing numerical methods

Prof. Tinh Quoc Bui
Dr. Shunhua Chen
Dr. Jose L. Curiel-Sosa
Prof. Wei Gao
Guest Editors

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  • material failure
  • numerical modeling
  • failure behavior
  • failure mechanisms
  • solids
  • composite structures

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A Numerical Study of the Effect of Component Dimensions on the Critical Buckling Load of a GFRP Composite Strut under Uniaxial Compression
Materials 2020, 13(4), 931; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13040931 - 19 Feb 2020
In the practical design of thin-walled composite columns, component dimensions should be wisely designed to meet the buckling resistance and economic requirements. This paper provides a novel and useful investigation based on a numerical study of the effects of the section dimensions, thickness [...] Read more.
In the practical design of thin-walled composite columns, component dimensions should be wisely designed to meet the buckling resistance and economic requirements. This paper provides a novel and useful investigation based on a numerical study of the effects of the section dimensions, thickness ratio, and slenderness ratio on the critical buckling load of a thin-walled composite strut under uniaxial compression. The strut was a channel-section-shaped strut and was made of glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) composite material by stacking symmetrical quasi-isotropic layups using the autoclave technique. For the purpose of this study, a numerical finite element model was developed for the investigation by using ABAQUS software. The linear and post-buckling behavior analysis was performed to verify the results of the numerical model with the obtained buckling load from the experiment. Then, the effects of the cross-section dimensions, thickness ratio, and slenderness ratio on the critical buckling load of the composite strut, which is determined using an eigenvalue buckling analysis, were investigated. The implementation results revealed an insightful interaction between cross-section dimensions and thickness ratio and the buckling load. Based on this result, a cost-effective design was recommended as a useful result of this study. Moreover, a demarcation point between global and local buckling of the composite strut was also determined. Especially, a new design curve for the channel-section GFRP strut, which is governed by the proposed constitutive equations, was introduced to estimate the critical buckling load based on the input component dimension. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Failure Modeling of Solids and Structures)
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