Teilprojekt P12 - Postdoctoral Project: Quantum-to-Continuum Model of Thermoset Fracture

Third Party Funds Group - Sub project

Overall project details

Overall project: Fracture across Scales: Integrating Mechanics, Materials Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics (FRASCAL)

Overall project speaker:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paul Steinmann (Lehrstuhl für Technische Mechanik)


Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Ana-Suncana Smith
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Erik Bitzek
Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Pfaller


Contributing FAU Organisations:
Lehrstuhl für Technische Mechanik
Physics Underlying Life Science
Professur für Werkstoffwissenschaften (Simulation und Werkstoffeigenschaften)
Zentralinstitut für Scientific Computing (ZISC)

Funding source: DFG / Graduiertenkolleg (GRK)
Acronym: GRK2423 - P12
Start date: 02/01/2019
End date: 30/06/2023


Research Fields

Material Mechanics
Lehrstuhl für Technische Mechanik
Multiscale mechanics
Lehrstuhl für Technische Mechanik


Abstract (technical / expert description):

Fracture is an inherently multiscale process in which processes at all
length- and timescales can contribute to the dissipation of energy and
thus determine the fracture toughness. While the individual processes
can be studied by specifically adapted simulation methods, the interplay
between these processes can only be studied by using concurrent
multiscale modelling methods. While such methods already exist for
inorganic materials as metals or ceramics, no similar methods
have been established for polymers yet.

The ultimate goal of this postdoc project is to develop a concurrent
multiscale modelling approach to study the interplay and coupling of
process on different length scales (e.g. breaking of covalent bonds,
chain relaxation processes, fibril formation and crazing at
heterogeneities,…) during the fracture of an exemplary thermoset and its
dependence on the (local) degree of cross-linking. In doing so, this
project integrates results as well as the expertise developed in the
other subprojects and complements their information-passing approach.


Last updated on 2019-19-03 at 14:52