Finite element modelling of fracture propagation in saturated media using quasi-zero-thickness interface elements
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A new computational technique for the simulation of 2D and 3D fracture propagation processes in saturated porous media is presented. A non-local damage model is conveniently used in conjunction with interface elements to predict the degradation pattern of the domain and insert new fractures followed by remeshing. FIC-stabilized elements of equal order interpolation in the displacement and the pore pressure have been successfully used under complex conditions near the undrained-incompressible limit. A bilinear cohesive fracture model describes the mechanical behaviour of the joints. A formulation derived from the cubic law models the fluid flow through the crack. Examples in 2D and 3D, using 3-noded triangles and 4-noded tetrahedra respectively, are presented to illustrate the accuracy and robustness of the proposed methodology.
Citationde-Pouplana, I., Oñate, E. Finite element modelling of fracture propagation in saturated media using quasi-zero-thickness interface elements. "Computers and geotechnics", Abril 2018, vol. 96, p. 103-117.