Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advisor 1

Susanta Ghosh

Committee Member 1

Sajjad Bigham

Committee Member 2

Steven Ma


The objective of the report is to implement the phase-field model in the Abaqus standard to compute the fracture properties of a glass strengthened by an ion-exchange process. Implemented the phase-field model which is based on the rate-independent variational principle of diffuse fracture in Abaqus standard software using the UEL and UMAT subroutines. SDVINI subroutine is used to give the residual stress or prestress conditions to simulate the stress profile of strengthened glass. Studied the effect of parameters such as length scale parameter and step size and the optimum parameters are selected. The experimental model of chemically strengthened glass is explained with analytical calculations to compute the stress intensity factor. Studied the effect of depth of the residual stress layer on the stress intensity factor. Stress intensity factor is calculated using the finite element analysis model and the results are compared with the experimental and analytical model.