The effect of low stress triaxialities and deformation paths on ductile fracture simulations of large shell structures

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  • Mihkel Körgesaar

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  • Tallinn University of Technology


In accidental limit state analysis of ship structures and their components, the common assumption is that failure takes place in the plate field under multi-axial tension, thus most advancements in developing fracture criteria have focused on that region. In contrast, failure in low stress triaxialities is relatively unexplored territory in the context of large-scale crash analysis. The probability of this failure mode increases with the decreasing ductility that is characteristic of high and extra high strength steels. Therefore, ductile fracture simulations are performed with large thin-walled steel structures employing four different fracture criteria that differently account low stress triaxialities and deformation history. Criteria are compared as to their capabilities to reproduce and predict experimentally measured behaviour. Analyses demonstrate that failure under lower stress triaxialities affects the response significantly especially when complex deformation history is considered. Suggestions are made for the further enhancement of fracture criteria as well as experimental configurations employed for benchmarking failure criteria. © 2018 The Author


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-64
Number of pages20
JournalMarine Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Deformation path, Ductile fracture, Fracture modelling, Shear fracture, Ship collision, FAILURE MODEL, NUMERICAL-ANALYSIS, DAMAGE, PREDICTION, NECKING, CRASHWORTHINESS, SHIP, CRITERION, STRAIN, SURVIVABILITY

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