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Multiscale Modelling of Plasticity and Fracture by Means of Dislocation Mechanics

Volume 522 of the series CISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences pp 1-57

Atomistic Simulation Methods and their Application on Fracture

  • Bernhard EidelAffiliated withInterdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS), Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • , Alexander HartmaierAffiliated withInterdisciplinary Centre for Advanced Materials Simulation (ICAMS), Ruhr-Universität Bochum
  • , Peter GumbschAffiliated withInstitut für Zuverlässigkeit von Bauteilen und Systemen, Universität Karlsruhe and Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoffmechanik

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Abstract

The present work on the molecular dynamics method covers the theoretical background of the method and gives practical examples to demonstrate its capabilities and limitations.The work focusses on topics which reveal fundamental mechanisms associated with fracture processes. Moreover, promising hybrid methods based on a concurrent atomistic/continuum coupling are reviewed since they combine accuracy and efficiency in a most favorable manner.