Loosening of elastic inclusions

S. L. Crouch, S. G. Mogilevskaya

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A numerical method is presented for simulating the occurrence of localized slip and separation along the interfaces of multiple, randomly distributed, circular elastic inclusions in an infinite elastic plane. The method is an extension of a direct boundary integral approach previously described elsewhere for solving problems involving perfectly bonded circular inclusions. Here, we allow displacement discontinuities to develop along the inclusion/matrix interfaces in accordance with a linear Mohr-Coulomb yield condition combined with a tensile strength cut-off. The displacements, tractions, and displacement discontinuities on the inclusion boundaries are all represented by truncated Fourier series, and an explicit iterative algorithm is adopted to determine zones of slip and separation under the prevailing loading conditions. Several examples are given to demonstrate the accuracy and generality of the approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1638-1668
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006


  • Cohesive crack model
  • Direct boundary integral method
  • Displacement discontinuities
  • Gibbs phenomenon
  • Imperfect interface
  • Mohr-Coulomb yield condition
  • Multiple circular inclusions
  • Somigliana's formula
  • Under-relaxation

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