Dynamic compressive damage evolution in solids, associated with brittle microcracking and ductile plastic flow, is modeled through plastic flow and tensile microcracking, which are induced by the deformation of preexisting microflaws at grain boundaries, slip bands, and microcavities. The micromechanical aspect of this model is discussed in terms of the dominance of microcracking or plastic flow, and possible transition from microcracking to plastic flow is investigated. The effect of lateral confinement on the dynamic damage evolution is investigated, emphasizing the brittle-ductile transition.

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