Quasi-brittle type of fracture behaviour is viewed from a unique perspective in the paper. This view explains and extends the classification of fracture of materials, as it is commonly understood, and might provide a way to a more general understanding of this phenomenon. The proposed approach separates the 'effective' (brittle) fracture phenomenon from the evolution of the nonlinear zone at the crack tip. This separation is performed on the energetic level, the evaluated work of fracture, as well as on the level of geometrical description of the two separated entities which are the products of the fracture phenomenon: The crack surface and the nonlinear zone around the crack front. The approach is introduced here mainly from the philosophical and theoretical standpoint, its verification and validation is included only partially.
Veselý, V., Keršner, Z., & Merta, I. (2017). Quasi-brittle Behaviour of Composites as a Key to Generalized Understanding of Material Structure. In Procedia Engineering (Vol. 190, pp. 126–133). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.05.317