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A Cohesive-Frictional Interface Model with Frictional Properties Degradation
G. Borino, B. Failla, F. Parrinello

Last modified: 2013-05-03


Mechanical interface are widely employed in order to model fracture propagation
phenomena along pre-assigned surfaces [1-8]. Several aspects are involved in the
description of the interface behavior. This paper is devoted to present an interface
constitutive modeling which couples a cohesive behavior, based on the damage
mechanics theory, with a frictional one, defined in a non-associative plasticity
framework. By means of a specific interpretation of the damage variable, the
formulation follows the transition of the initial sound interface material, up to the
fully cracked condition [9,10]. The macrocrack surface has initial frictional
properties and is subjected to degradation phenomena. Namely, the smoothing
and breaking of surface asperities causes a progressive reduction of dilatancy
effects and of the frictional angle. These phenomena are modeled as uncoupled:
dilatancy saturation is assumed to occur when relevant internal variable reach a
limit value; frictional strength reduction occurs as effect of oligocyclic process,
which takes place during the plastic sliding between the macrocrack surfaces.
The constitutive framework presented in this paper belongs to the class of
interface damage models. The frictional phenomena that develops in sliding
deformation modes, in case of closure of the damaged interface, are modeled by
nonassociative plasticity laws. The model is developed in a fully compliance with
thermodynamic principles. Finite element numerical tests are presented in order to
show the main features of the proposed model.

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