Vol.10, No2, 2010, pp.165-170
UDC  620.17 : 621.746.32


J. Ismail1, F. Zaïri1, M. Naït-Abdelaziz1, Z. Azari2

1) Université Lille, Laboratoire de Mécanique de Lille Villeneuve d’Ascq Cedex, France

2) Université de Metz, Laboratoire de Mécanique, France


The present work is focused on the numerical simulation of a glass plate subjected to static indentation by a spherical indenter. For this purpose, a combined approach of continuum damage mechanics (CDM) and fracture mechanics is performed. A CDM based constitutive model with an anisotropic damage tensor was selected and implemented into a finite element code to study the damage of glass. Numerical results were analysed through the framework of the stress and damage distribution. Various regions with critical damage values were predicted in good agreement with the experimental observations in the references. In these regions, the directions of crack propagation, including both cracks initiating on the surface as well as in the bulk, were predicted using the strain energy density factor. Predicted directions were found in good agreement with those experimentally obtained in the literature results.

Keywords: glass, indentation, continuum damage mechanics, finite element analysis

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