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VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in VCCT for ABAQUS Plug-in

The VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in allows you to interactively define the debond interface(s), interface properties, and output requests for your VCCT analysis from within ABAQUS/CAE. With the plug-in, you no longer need to manually edit the input file to complete the model definition. Further, the plug-in simplifies the task of editing the interfaces in existing input files. Please refer to the VCCT for ABAQUS manual (Version 1.2) for details on the VCCT for ABAQUS add on. Supported Keywords The following keyword options required for VCCT for ABAQUS analyses are supported by the plug-in:

Installation The plug-in must be used with ABAQUS Version 6.6-3 or higher. To install the VCCT plug-in, save the attached .pyc files to one of the following directories: • • • abaqus_dir\cae\abaqus_plugins where abaqus_dir is the ABAQUS parent directory home_dir\abaqus_plugins where home_dir is your home directory current_dir\abaqus_plugins where current_dir is the current directory

Note that if the abaqus_plugins directory does not exist in the desired path, it must be created. The next time ABAQUS/CAE is started, a menu item named VCCT will be available in the Plugins pull down menu (select Plug-ins VCCT) in the Interaction module. Usage A VCCT model can be created from native geometry or an orphan mesh. To use the VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in, complete the following four steps: 1. Create Model in ABAQUS/CAE or Import Orphan Mesh Create the model in ABAQUS/CAE without defining the debond interface, or import the model (nodes, elements, materials, constraints etc.) and history (step) data into ABAQUS/CAE as an orphan mesh.


UCRACK Figure 2: VCCT Interaction Property Manager -2- . NAME=slave_surf slave_surf_elset. Switch to the Interaction module and select Plug-ins following menu: VCCT to receive the Figure 1: Selecting the VCCT Interaction Property Manager Select Interaction Property Manager to receive the dialog in Figure 2 (below). Equivalent keyword: *SURFACE INTERACTION. NSET=bonded_node_set list of nodes 3. Create Surfaces and Node Sets for the Debond Interfaces Prior to launching the plug-in. Equivalent keywords: *SURFACE. NAME=bottom_crack. face/edge label *SURFACE. create surfaces for the debond interface(s) and a node set(s) for the initially bonded region(s). Define the Debond Interface Properties a. or deleted. TYPE=ELEMENT. TYPE=ELEMENT. renamed. NAME=master_surf master_surf_elset. A new interaction property can be created or an existing one can be edited.VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in 2. copied. The VCCT Interaction Property Manager lists all the interaction properties created for the VCCT debond interface(s) in a model. face/edge label *NSET.

G_ICi. G_IIICk. G_IIIC.’ Section 3. • Properties tab: Allows you to specify spatially varying or constant critical strain energy release rates. refer to ‘Specifying spatially varying critical energy release rates. G_ICj. Node IDj. G_IIICj Node IDk. o w. viscosity coefficient. out-of-plane thickness for 2D models. PROPERTIES=[11|16+n] w. tol Node IDi. The equivalent keywords and parameters introduced from the Edit Surface Interaction dialog are shown in bold type below: *SURFACE INTERACTION. G_IC. n. G_ICk. m. mixType.2 manual. below. G_IIICi. G_IICj. This tab is shown in Figure 3. and cutback tolerance. c. G_IICk.VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in b.4 of the VCCT for ABAQUS Version 1. m. η. For further details on specifying a spatially varying strain energy release rate. G_IIC. DEPVAR=13. Complete the two tab options on the Edit Surface Interaction dialog: • General Options tab: Allows you to specify the fracture criterion. … Figure 3: General Options in the Edit Surface Interaction dialog -3- . This tab is shown in Figure 4 below. The Edit Surface Interaction dialog will open if either Create… or Edit… is selected. Select Create… to create a new interaction property or Edit… to edit an existing interaction property. G_IICi.

Figure 4: Properties in the Edit Surface Interaction dialog The VCCT interface interaction property created using the plug-in will also appear in the Interaction Property Manager as being of type Contact. from the Interaction module select Interaction Property Manager: Figure 5: VCCT interaction properties will be listed in the Interaction Property Manager. -4- . To see this.VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in Spatial Variation of Critical Strain Energy Release Rates: The contents of this table can be edited using the options available with a right click of the mouse.

Define the Debond Interface Complete the following three steps to define the debond interface: a. Create a contact pair and any contact controls for the VCCT debond interface Use the existing framework for defining contact pairs in ABAQUS/CAE (Figure 6. below). All edits must be done through the VCCT Interaction Property Manager. -5- . 4. Interaction Name Select a VCCT Interaction Property Figure 6: Defining a contact pair Note that if the *FRICTION or *SURFACE BEHAVIOR options are needed to define the interaction between initially debonded or delaminated regions of the contact pair. they must be manually added to the input file. The contact pair must refer to the VCCT interaction property created with the VCCT Interaction Property Manager.VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in NOTE: The VCCT interface properties must not be edited through the Interaction Property Manager.

select Plug-ins VCCT: Figure 7: Selecting the VCCT Interface Manager Select Interface Manager to receive the dialog in Figure 8 (below). NOTE: Contact interaction(s) referring to a VCCT interaction property must be created before a VCCT interface can be defined. The VCCT Interface Manager lists the VCCT debond interface(s) in a model. In ABAQUS/CAE the name for a contact pair interaction is specified as shown in Figure 6. or deleted. So.VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in b. Select the initially bonded region and debond interface i. renamed. Select Create… to create a new interface or Edit… to edit an existing interface. From the Interaction module. For example. If a particular contact pair refers to a VCCT interaction property it will be available for association with a VCCT debond interface. iv. interaction bot_contact refers to VCCT interaction property bottom_crack as shown in Figure 6. interaction bot_contact is available when VCCT interface bottom_crack is created. Figure 8: VCCT Interface manager iii. The Edit Interface dialog (Figure 9. copied. If this contact interaction is selected it will be associated with the interface bottom_crack. -6- . A new interface can be created or an existing one can be edited. ii. below) will open if either Create… or Edit… is selected.

The initially bonded region for the interface is specified on the Debond tab of the Edit Interface dialog. you can select the frequency at which crack propagation output is written. This region is defined as a node set and must already exist prior to defining the VCCT interface. Other output variables for the analysis can be requested for output using the existing ABAQUS/CAE framework. Request output Solution dependent state variables (SDV) for a VCCT debond interface can be requested as field and history data. All the node sets in the model will be available for selection to define the initially bonded region. and the step in which debonding initiates after the fracture criterion is met. Figure 9: Debond tab of the VCCT Edit Interface dialog c. -7- . the file to which the data is printed. In addition.VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in v.

VCCT for ABAQUS plug-in Figure 10: Output tab of the VCCT Edit Interface dialog -8- .