Challenges in Phase-Field Modeling of Glass Fracture


  • Gergely Molnár CNRS, INSA Lyon, LaMCoS



This paper investigates the challenges and potentials of phase-field modelling in simulating glass fracture. The phase-field method, a variational approach to fracture modelling, treats cracks as diffused interfaces, thus eliminating the need for explicit crack tracking. This study explores its application to glass, a material with unique fracture characteristics due to its amorphous structure and brittleness. We implemented the AT1 phase-field model using Abaqus and validated it against various experimental setups, including micro-cantilever and micro-pillar tests, L-shaped samples, and dynamic tensile fracture scenarios. The results demonstrated strong alignment with experimental observations, accurately capturing complex crack patterns and dynamic fracture behaviours. Key parameters like the critical energy release rate and internal length scale were shown to significantly influence fracture simulation outcomes. While the phase-field method shows promise in advancing glass fracture mechanics, challenges remain in parameter sensitivity and integrating more sophisticated material models. This study highlights the method's current capabilities and points to future research directions for enhancing its applicability and efficiency in glass fracture simulations.





Experimental & Numerical Investigations