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Industrialization of software and libraries for crack propagation in material and structures using the Thick Level Set method

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Project "MATCRACK" data sheet

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postcode: 44321

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 150˙000 €
 EC max contribution 150˙000 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-PoC
 Funding Scheme ERC-POC
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2019-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES FR (NANTES CEDEX 3) coordinator 150˙000.00


 Project objective

The understanding and the reliable prediction of material degradation, crack initiation and propagation is of vital importance in engineering. It allows the evaluation of product lifecycle and the criticality of exceptional loads. Also, it enables maintenance optimization in a wide range of industries (automotive, aircraft, nuclear…). Thanks to the ERC “XLS” grant, a new approach coined TLS (“Thick Level Set”) was developed to simulate crack propagation from sane material to critical rupture. The main advantage of this approach is that it takes into account both crack initiation and crack propagation without mesh size or mesh orientation dependency. This combination is not currently available in the industry. The TLS software sources (coined TTK for TLS Tool Kit) has been produced mostly during the ERC project. They were recently registered in the software protection agency. The POC goal is to transform the TTK software to industry usable software and to reach a win-win agreement with a well-established service company who will perform paid studies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Rebecca Nakhoul, Olivier Pierard
Modeling Restrained Shrinkage Induced Cracking in Concrete Rings Using the Thick Level Set Approach
published pages: 488, ISSN: 2076-3417, DOI: 10.3390/app8040488
Applied Sciences 8/4 2019-09-09
2018 J. Zghal, K. Moreau, N. Moës, D. Leguillon, C. Stolz
Analysis of the failure at notches and cavities in quasi-brittle media using the Thick Level Set damage model and comparison with the coupled criterion
published pages: 253-280, ISSN: 0376-9429, DOI: 10.1007/s10704-018-0287-6
International Journal of Fracture 211/1-2 2019-09-09
2018 Benoît Lé, Nicolas Moës, Grégory Legrain
Coupling damage and cohesive zone models with the Thick Level Set approach to fracture
published pages: 214-247, ISSN: 0013-7944, DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2017.12.036
Engineering Fracture Mechanics 193 2019-09-09

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