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dc.contributor.authorSaloustros, Savvas
dc.contributor.authorCervera Ruiz, Miguel
dc.contributor.authorPelà, Luca
dc.contributor.otherUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Civil i Ambiental
dc.identifier.citationSaloustros, S.; Cervera, M.; Pelà, L. Challenges, tools and applications of tracking algorithms in the numerical modelling of cracks in concrete and masonry structures. "Archives of computational methods in engineering", Setembre 2019, vol. 26, núm. 4, p. 961–1005.
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dc.description.abstractThe importance of crack propagation in the structural behaviour of concrete and masonry structures has led to the development of a wide range of finite element methods for crack simulation. A common standpoint in many of them is the use of tracking algorithms, which identify and designate the location of cracks within the analysed structure. In this way, the crack modelling techniques, smeared or discrete, are applied only to a restricted part of the discretized domain. This paper presents a review of finite element approaches to cracking focusing on the development and use of tracking algorithms. These are presented in four categories according to the information necessary for the definition and storage of the crack-path. In addition to that, the most utilised criteria for the selection of the crack propagation direction are summarized. The various algorithmic issues involved in the development of a tracking algorithm are discussed through the presentation of a local tracking algorithm based on the smeared crack approach. Challenges such as the modelling of arbitrary and multiple cracks propagating towards more than one direction, as well as multi-directional and intersecting cracking, are detailed. The presented numerical model is applied to the analysis of small- and large-scale masonry and concrete structures under monotonic and cyclic loading.
dc.format.extent45 p.
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria civil::Materials i estructures::Materials i estructures de formigó
dc.subjectÀrees temàtiques de la UPC::Matemàtiques i estadística::Anàlisi numèrica::Mètodes numèrics
dc.subject.lcshConcrete masonry
dc.titleChallenges, tools and applications of tracking algorithms in the numerical modelling of cracks in concrete and masonry structures
dc.subject.lemacEstructures de murs -- Models matemàtics
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. ATEM - Anàlisi i Tecnologia d'Estructures i Materials
dc.contributor.groupUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya. RMEE - Grup de Resistència de Materials i Estructures en l'Enginyeria
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local.citation.authorSaloustros, S.; Cervera, M.; Pelà, L.
local.citation.publicationNameArchives of computational methods in engineering

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