Teilprojekt P11 – Fracture Control by Material Optimization

Teilprojekt P11 - Fracture Control by Material Optimization

(Third Party Funds Group – Sub project)

Overall project: Skalenübergreifende Bruchvorgänge: Integration von Mechanik, Materialwissenschaften, Mathematik, Chemie und Physik (FRASCAL)
Project leader: ,
Project members:
Start date: 2. January 2019
End date: 30. June 2023
Acronym: GRK2423 - P11
Funding source: DFG / Graduiertenkolleg (GRK)
URL: https://www.frascal.research.fau.eu/home/research/p-11-fracture-control-by-material-optimization/


In previous works, the dependence of
failure mechanisms in composite materials like debonding of the
matrix-fibre interface or fibre breakage have been discussed.  The
underlying model was based on specific cohesive zone elements, whose
macroscopic properties could be derived from DFT. It has been shown that
the dissipated energy could be increased by appropriate choices of
cohesive parameters of the interface as well as aspects of the fibre.
However due to the numerical complexity of applied simulation methods
the crack path had to be fixed a priori. Only recently models allow
computing the full crack properties at macroscopic scale in a
quasi-static scenario by the solution of a single nonlinear variational
inequality for a
given set of material parameters and thus model based optimization of
the fracture properties can be approached.

The goal of the project is to develop an optimization method, in the
framework of which crack properties (e.g. the crack path) can be
optimized in a mathematically rigorous way. Thereby material properties
of matrix, fibre and interfaces should serve as optimization variables.