A failure analysis of quasi-brittle materials requires the evaluation of progressive damage due to distributed cracking. The cracking is characterized by a fracture process zone, distributed over a finite size volume, which exhibits so-called strain softening (the stress strain relation, in which the maximum principal stress decreases with increasing corresponding principal strain). Standard local constitutive models are inappropriate for materials which exhibit strain-softening behaviour. They are not objective with respect to employed discretization because the strain softening damage tends to localize into a zone, width of which depends on the element size. As the element size is refined, the size of the localization zone converges to zero and the total energy consumed by the fracture process converges to zero as well, which makes the local constitutive models unacceptable.

A computationally efficient and widely used localization limiter based on the nonlocal concept of integral type is adopted. It consists in replacement of a suitable locally defined quantity by its nonlocal counterpart, obtained by weighted averaging of the local quantity over a certain representative volume of the material. For efficiency reasons, it is desirable to use the weight function with a limited support (the closure of the set of points, where the weight function is nonzero, is finite), defined by an interaction radius which is related to the material internal length. In this study the nonlocal concept was applied to isotropic damage model.

*Daniel Rypl
2005-12-03*