A Mixed-Mode Fracture Criterion for AHSS Cracking Prediction at Large Strain
Predicting AHSS cracking during crash events and forming processes is an enabling technology for AHSS application. Several fracture criteria including MatFEM and Modified Mohr-Coulomb Criterion were developed recently. However, none of them are designed to cover more fracture modes such as bending fracture and tearing fracture with initial damage. A mixed-mode fracture criterion (MMFC) is proposed and developed to capture multiple fracture modes including in-plane shearing fracture, cross-thickness shearing fracture with bending effect and tearing fracture with initial damage. The associated calibration procedure for this criterion is developed. The criterion is implemented in a commercial FEA code and several lab validations are conducted. The results show its promising potential to predict AHSS cracking at large strain conditions.