Micromechanical analyses of debonding and matrix cracking in dual-phase materials

Brian Nyvang Legarth, Qingda Yang

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


Failure in elastic dual-phase materials under transverse tension is studied numerically. Cohesive zones represent failure along the interface and the augmented finite element method (A-FEM) is used for matrix cracking. Matrix cracks are formed at an angle of 55 deg - 60 deg relative to the loading direction, which is in good agreement with experiments. Matrix cracks initiate at the tip of the debond, and for equi-biaxial loading cracks are formed at both tips. For elliptical reinforcement the matrix cracks initiate at the narrow end of the ellipse. The load carrying capacity is highest for ligaments in the loading direction greater than that of the transverse direction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051006
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Micromechanical analyses of debonding and matrix cracking in dual-phase materials'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this