The purpose of this special issue is to survey some recent advances in the modeling of fracture and failure of materials and structures. Designers of engineering structures must answer to ever increasing requests on performance in terms of safety, reliability, durability, low cost and low energy consumption. As new materials and new applications arise, traditional design rules and conventional testing methods become insufficient or inapplicable, which strengthens the role of modeling approaches and computational methods in the design process. Numerical tools and efficient models can accelerate the development of new products and their optimization. The special issue addresses a variety of topics: crack tracking algorithms, advances in the experiment-modeling dialog, relations between fracture and contact mechanics, dynamic fracture, fracture and damage of composites, fracture in mutli-phase materials, and ductile failure.
Edited by: Olivier Allix and Nicolas Moës