Particle modeling of random crack patterns in epoxy plates

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This paper employs particle modeling for simulation of dynamic fragmentation in (elastic-brittle) epoxy plates (8.25 cm×33.02 cm), containing non-uniformly distributed circular holes [Al-Ostaz A, Jasiuk I. Crack initiation and propagation in materials with randomly distributed holes. Eng Fract Mech 1997;58:395-420]. Since the experiments on nominally identical specimens resulted in a range of different crack patterns, the model focuses on matching the most dominant experimentally observed cracks. Indeed, this is achieved with lattices having several different mesh resolutions. Next, by introducing very weak, microscale perturbations in the material properties, it is found that the stiffness has a stronger effect on the deviation from the dominant crack pattern than does the tensile strength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-275
Number of pages9
JournalProbabilistic Engineering Mechanics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Dynamic fracture
  • Fragmentation
  • Microscale material randomness
  • Particle lattice model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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