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Cracks in random brittle solids:

From fiber bundles to continuum mechanics


Statistical models are essential to get a better understanding of the role of disorder in brittle disordered solids. Fiber bundle models play a special role as a paradigm, with a very good balance of simplicity and non-trivial effects. We introduce here a variant of the fiber bundle model where the load is transferred among the fibers through a very compliant membrane. This Soft Membrane fiber bundle mode reduces to the classical Local Load Sharing fiber bundle model in 1D. Highlighting the continuum limit of the model allows to compute an equivalent toughness for the fiber bundle and hence discuss nucleation of a critical defect. The computation of the toughness allows for drawing a simple connection with crack front propagation (depinning) models.

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Patinet, S., Vandembroucq, D., Hansen, A. et al. Cracks in random brittle solids:. Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. 223, 2339–2351 (2014).

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