International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 150, Issue 1–2, pp 227–240 | Cite as

Dynamic fracture as a process of nonlinear damage wave propagation

  • A. V. KashtanovEmail author
  • Yu. V. Petrov
  • N. Pugno
  • A. Carpinteri
Original Paper


A new approach describing the dynamic fracture as a process of nucleation and subsequent propagation of a nonlinear wave of microfracture is proposed. The equation describing the microfracture evolution is derived from the transfer equation and a stochastic diffusion-type description of damage redistribution. The physical meaning of the corresponding parameters is clarified by the mass conservation and the incubation time criterion of fracture. Finally the process of dynamic macrocrack nucleation is simulated.


Dynamic fracture Fracture wave Damage evolution Dynamic crack propagation Fracture simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Kashtanov
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yu. V. Petrov
    • 1
  • N. Pugno
    • 2
  • A. Carpinteri
    • 2
  1. 1.St.-Petersburg State UniversitySt.-PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Politecnico di TorinoTurinItaly

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