Parallel Adaptive Simulation of Quasi-Brittle Failure

Daniel Rypl, Bořek Patzák, Zdeněk Bittnar

Department of Structural Mechanics
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Czech Technical University in Prague
Thákurova 7, 166 29 Prague, Czech Republic


This paper deals with the analysis of quasi-brittle materials characterized by large nonlinear fracture process zones and highly localized damage. The adopted scalar damage material model is regularized using the nonlocal continuum concept. To assess the distribution of the solution error a residual-based error estimator is employed. This is then integrated with other components as refinement strategy and mapping algorithm into an adaptive framework. To reduce high computational demands of the analysis and especially of the error estimation, the whole process is parallelized using the domain decomposition concept. The capability of the proposed scheme is illustrated on an example. Finally the merits of the adopted approach are highlighted and remedies to alleviate its drawbacks are suggested.