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Numerical-continuation-enhanced flexible boundary condition scheme applied to mode-I and mode-III fracture

Buze, Maciej and Kermode, James R. 2021. Numerical-continuation-enhanced flexible boundary condition scheme applied to mode-I and mode-III fracture. Physical Review E 103 (3) , 033002. 10.1103/PhysRevE.103.033002

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Motivated by the inadequacy of conducting atomistic simulations of crack propagation using static boundary conditions that do not reflect the movement of the crack tip, we extend Sinclair's flexible boundary condition algorithm [J. E. Sinclair, Philos. Mag. 31, 647 (1975)] and propose a numerical-continuation-enhanced flexible boundary scheme, enabling full solution paths for cracks to be computed with pseudo-arclength continuation, and present a method for incorporating more detailed far-field information into the model for next to no additional computational cost. The algorithms are ideally suited to study details of lattice trapping barriers to brittle fracture and can be incorporated into density functional theory and multiscale quantum and classical quantum mechanics and molecular mechanics calculations. We demonstrate our approach for mode-III fracture with a 2D toy model and employ it to conduct a 3D study of mode-I fracture of silicon using realistic interatomic potentials, highlighting the superiority of the approach over employing a corresponding static boundary condition. In particular, the inclusion of numerical continuation enables converged results to be obtained with realistic model systems containing a few thousand atoms, with very few iterations required to compute each new solution. We also introduce a method to estimate the lattice trapping range of admissible stress intensity factors K−

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Publisher: American Physical Society
ISSN: 2470-0045
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 6 April 2021
Date of Acceptance: 27 January 2021
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2021 01:36

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