Damage Mechanics and Continuum Modeling

by Norris Stubbs, Assoc. Prof.; College of Architecture and Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX 77843,
Dusan Krajcinovic, Prof.; CEMM Dept., Univ. of Illinois, Chicago, IL 60680,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-495-5 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-495-1 (ISBN-10), 1985, Soft Cover, Pg. 130

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Conference information: Sessions of ASCE Convention | Detroit, Michigan, United States | October 22, 1985

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


Historically, the structural and mechanical engineers are conditioned to model a material in a purely phenomenological sense with little or no regard to underlying physical phenomenon on the microscale. Only after numerous attempts to model the behavior of essentially brittle solids using the plasticity theory proved to be inadequate the attention shifted to a formulation of a theory that will focus on the microcracking as a source of the material nonlinearity. This novel branch of the continuum mechanics, that became known as the continuum damage mechanics, attracted the attention of numerous investigators both in USA and Europe. Four papers on continuum damage theory and effective moduli illustrated some of the developments and achievements in this field. Five more papers on continuum modeling of discrete structures describe continuum modeling of periodic truss structures and discrete structures with geometric nonlinearities, the use of computer graphics in the analysis of large space structures, and damage detection in periodic structures.

Subject Headings: Computer models | Structural models | Continuum mechanics | Physical models | Nonlinear analysis | Construction materials | Brittleness | Plasticity | United States | Europe


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