The concept of isotropic damage is appropriate for materials weakened by voids, but if the physical source of damage is the initiation and propagation of microcracks, isotropic stiffness degradation can be considered only as a first rough approximation. More refined damage models take into account the highly oriented nature of cracking, which is reflected by the anisotropic character of the damaged stiffness or compliance matrices.

A number of anisotropic damage formulations have been proposed in the literature. Here we use a model outlined by Jirásek [16], which is based on the principle of energy equivalence and on the construction of the inverse integrity tensor by integration of a scalar over all spatial directions. Since the model uses certain concepts from the microplane theory, it is called the microplane-based damage model (MDM).

The general structure of the MDM
model is schematically shown in Fig. 7
and the basic equations are summarized in Tab. 26.
Here,
**
** and
** are the (nominal) second-order
strain and stress tensors
with components
****
** and
;
** and
****
are first-order strain and stress tensors with components
and , which characterize the strain and stress on ``microplanes''
of different orientations given by a unit vector
****
with components ;
is a dimensionless compliance parameter
that is a scalar but can have different values for different
directions
****;
the symbol denotes a virtual quantity; and a sumperimposed
tilde denotes an effective quantity, which is supposed to characterize the
state of the intact material between defects such as microcracks or voids.
**

Combining the basic equations, it is possible to show that the components of the damaged material compliance tensor are given by

where are the components of the elastic material compliance tensor,

are the components of the so-called damage effect tensor, and

are the components of the second-order inverse integrity tensor. The integration domain is the unit hemisphere. In practice, the integral over the unit hemisphere is evaluated by summing the contribution from a finite number of directions, according to one of the numerical integration schemes that are used by microplane models.

The scalar variable characterizes the relative compliance
in the direction given by the vector
**.
If is the same in all directions,
the inverse integrity tensor evaluated from (82)
is equal to the unit second-order tensor (Kronecker delta) multiplied
by , the damage effect tensor evaluated from (81)
is equal to the symmetric fourth-order unit tensor multiplied
by ,
and the damaged
material compliance tensor evaluated from (80) is the
elastic compliance tensor multiplied by . The factor multiplying
the elastic compliance tensor in the
isotropic damage model is
, and so corresponds
to
. In the initial undamaged state,
in all directions. The evolution of
is governed by the history of the projected strain components.
In the simplest case, is driven by the normal strain
****
**. Analogy with the isotropic damage model
leads to the damage law

(83) |

and loading-unloading conditions

(84) |

in which is a history variable that represents the maximum level of normal strain in the given direction ever reached in the previous history of the material. An appropriate modification of the exponential softening law leads to the damage law

where is a parameter controlling the elastic limit, and is another parameter controlling ductility. Note that softening in a limited number of directions does not necessarily lead to softening on the macroscopic level, because the response in the other directions remains elastic. Therefore, corresponds to the elastic limit but not to the state at peak stress.

If the MDM model is used in its basic form described above, the compressive strength turns out to depend on the Poisson ratio and, in applications to concrete, its value is too low compared to the tensile strength. The model is designed primarily for tensile-dominated failure, so the low compressive strength is not considered as a major drawback. Still, it is desirable to introduce a modification that would prevent spurious compressive failure in problems where moderate compressive stresses appear. The desired effect is achieved by redefining the projected strain as

where is a nonnegative parameter that controls the sensitivity to the mean stress, is the trace of the stress tensor, and the normalizing factor is introduced in order to render the parameter dimensionless. Under compressive stress states (characterized by ), the denominator in (86) is larger than 1, and the projected strain is reduced, which also leads to a reduction of damage. A typical recommended value of parameter is 0.05.

2018-01-02