S11: Finite Fracture Mechanics: Theoretical Aspects, Numerical Procedures and Experimental Applications


The reliable prediction of crack onset and subsequent propagation in solids and structures is required in many practical applications with high technological and social impact. Within the recent advances on Fracture Mechanics, the so-called Coupled Criterion (CC) also denominated as Finite Fracture Mechanics (FFM) and the Phase Field Models (PFM) of fracture have emerged as two of the most prominent methodologies which allow overcoming limitations of alternative methods, especially in terms of: (i) prediction of crack onset around stress concentrations and weak singularities, (ii) difficulties in modelling complex crack patterns and triggering crack branching and coalescence, among many others. The most appealing aspects of the previous methods for the rapid and outstanding development in the last years stem from their solid theoretical roots, based on the minimization of sum of the functionals of stored and dissipated energies, which can be traced back to fundamental concepts in Fracture Mechanics.

The principal aim of this Symposium is to bring recent developments in the area, providing an excellent forum for discussion, exchange of ideas and prospective cooperation between scientists within the ICF15 conference. Therefore, it is intended that the contributions to the Symposium cover a broad field of theoretical and numerical methods as well as practical applications. Main topics integrate, but are not limited to, the following research activities focused on FFM and PFM development and advanced applications:

  • Model development and theoretical analysis
  • Numerical implementation and benchmark tests
  • Multiscale techniques
  • Ductile and Brittle fracture
  • Large deformation and fracture
  • High performance computing and aspects of hierarchical model integration
  • Coupling strategies between FFM and PFM


Vladislav Mantič (email: mantic@us.es)

Pietro Cornetti

Dominique Leguillon

Pedro Camanho)


Vladislav Mantič (email: mantic@us.es)