WIAS Preprint No. 2456, (2017)

Analysis and simulations for a phase-field fracture model at finite strains based on modified invariants


  • Thomas, Marita
    ORCID: 0000-0001-9172-014X
  • Bilgen, Carola
  • Weinberg, Kerstin

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35K85 49J40 74B20 74R10 74R20


  • Phase-field model for fracture, Ambrosio-Tortorelli, viscous evolution, finite strains, modified invariants




Phase-field models have already been proven to predict complex fracture patterns in two and three dimensions for brittle fracture at small strains. In this paper we discuss a model for phase-field fracture at finite deformations in more detail. Among the identification of crack location and projection of crack growth the numerical stability is one of the main challenges in solid mechanics. We here present a phase-field model at finite strains, which takes into account the anisotropy of damage by applying an anisotropic split and the modified invariants of the right Cauchy-Green strain tensor. We introduce a suitable weak notion of solution that also allows for a spatial and temporal discretization of the model. In this framework we study the existence of solutions and we show that the time-discrete solutions converge in a weak sense to a solution of the time-continuous formulation of the model. Numerical examples in two and three space dimensions are carried out in the range of validity of the analytical results.

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