The failure of a laminated glass beam is investigated by two full discrete numerical approaches: a Rigid Body-Spring Model (RBSM) and a mesh-free numerical method arising from bond-based Peridynamics (PD). The brittle nature of the failure has been modelled and investigated by exploiting the discrete nature of these models, and specifically the PD which allows the bond/spring strengths to be explicitly related with the size and orientation of the defects in the structure. Strength values have been assigned randomly, within the beam, by a Monte Carlo simulation, according to Weibull statistical distributions calibrated on experimental results obtained from literature. For the first time, the differences and analogies of the two discrete approaches are shown and discussed together with the analysis of variability of the load capacity of the beam related to the statistical presence of flaws in the structure. Results show that, due to the heterogeneous strength properties of the numerical models and mechanical features of the inter-layer, multiple cracking stages can be distinguished for the structural element, thus different cumulative distribution function of limit load can be obtained.

Modelling laminated glass beam failure via stochastic rigid body-spring model and bond-based peridynamics

Casolo, Siro;Diana, Vito
2018

Abstract

The failure of a laminated glass beam is investigated by two full discrete numerical approaches: a Rigid Body-Spring Model (RBSM) and a mesh-free numerical method arising from bond-based Peridynamics (PD). The brittle nature of the failure has been modelled and investigated by exploiting the discrete nature of these models, and specifically the PD which allows the bond/spring strengths to be explicitly related with the size and orientation of the defects in the structure. Strength values have been assigned randomly, within the beam, by a Monte Carlo simulation, according to Weibull statistical distributions calibrated on experimental results obtained from literature. For the first time, the differences and analogies of the two discrete approaches are shown and discussed together with the analysis of variability of the load capacity of the beam related to the statistical presence of flaws in the structure. Results show that, due to the heterogeneous strength properties of the numerical models and mechanical features of the inter-layer, multiple cracking stages can be distinguished for the structural element, thus different cumulative distribution function of limit load can be obtained.
Brittle failure; Discrete approaches; Laminated glass; Monte Carlo simulation; Peridynamics; RBSM; Materials Science (all); Mechanics of Materials; Mechanical Engineering
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