On the Role of Dispersive Waves in Strain-Softening Media

by L. J. Sluys, Delft Univ of Technology, Delft, Netherlands,
R. de Borst, Delft Univ of Technology, Delft, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering Mechanics


Wave propagation in strain-softening continua is investigated numerically and analytically. It is argued that localisation which typically acts as a precursor of failure, can only be described properly if the continuum model is enriched such that the wave propagation is dispersive.

Subject Headings: Strain hardening and softening | Numerical analysis | Failure analysis | Finite element method | Continuum mechanics | Wave propagation | Concrete | Numerical models

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