The possibility to predict crack patterns on dynamic fracture

Lucas Máximo Alves, Rui F.R.M. Lobo

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The maximum energy dissipation principle (MEDP), for dynamics fracture systems far from equilibrium, proposed by Slepyan was modified. This modification includes a decoupling between the injected and dissipated energies by adding a time delay and a description of the ruggedness produced by dissipation patterns. A time delayed energy conservation equation is deduced and dynamical equations that describe the dynamical system evolution were obtained in analogous way to the Slepyan’s calculations. The conditions for the rising of the instability process were presented by a bifurcation map. These results show that the theoretical framework proposed can describe the instability process along with dissipation patterns formation. This proposal was applied to dynamics fracture where it was possible to explain the results obtained by Fineberg–Gross for the fast crack propagation in PMMA. For unstable or dynamical crack propagation it is shown the possibility to predict crack patterns using this MEDP for other experimental configurations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-33
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Fracture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2017


  • Dynamic fracture
  • Energy dissipation
  • Fast crack growth
  • Patterns formation
  • Time delay


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