Symposium I-A:

The Theoretical, Experimental, and Computational Aspects of Fracture Mechanics


Symposium Organizers:

M.M. Chiaramonte, Princeton University
A. Elbanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
A. Karma, Northeastern University
C. Linder, Stanford University
K. Ravi-Chandar, University of Texas at Austin
N. Sukumar, University of California at Davis

Symposium Description:

Fracture nucleation and propagation is a complex phenomenon whose temporal and spatial scales span several orders of magnitude. In recent years there has been a thrust to better understand this phenomenon, through theory, experiments, and computations, with applications ranging from the design of energy storage devices to the unconventional recovery of hydrocarbons and the subsurface sequestration of CO2.

The goal of the mini-symposium is to bring together researchers in the broad area of fracture mechanics. To the above extent, the mini-symposium solicits contributions in all fields related to the theoretical, experimental, and computational aspects of fracture mechanics including, but not limited to:

  • Modeling methods such as strong discontinuity methods, regularized approaches to fracture mechanics such as Phase-Field Methods, partition of unity methods such as the Generalized and Extended Finite Element Methods, and R-adaptive methods
  • Multi-scale modeling of crack formation and propagation, verification and validation
  • Multi-physics interactions (eg. crack propagation in chemoelastic, thermoelastic, poroelastic, piezoelectric, biomimetic, and biological materials)
  • Ductile failure
  • Crack nucleation and initiation, fracture segmentation, and dynamics fracture, experimental observations