A Continuum Model for Void Nucleation by Inclusion Debonding Academic Article uri icon


  • A cohesive zone model, taking full account of finite geometry changes, is used to provide a unified framework for describing the process of void nucleation from initial debonding through complete decohesion. A boundary value problem simulating a periodic array of rigid spherical inclusions in an isotropically hardening elastic-viscoplastic matrix is analyzed. Dimensional considerations introduce a characteristic length into the formulation and, depending on the ratio of this characteristic length to the inclusion radius, decohesion occurs either in a ductile or brittle manner. The effect of the triaxiality of the imposed stress state on nucleation is studied and the numerical results are related to the description of void nucleation within a phenomenological constitutive framework for progressively cavitating solids.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Applied Mechanics

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Needleman, A.

citation count

  • 1732

complete list of authors

  • Needleman, A

publication date

  • September 1987