Peridigm Code for Peridynamic Modeling of Constitutive Response and Material Failure

National Laboratory: 
Sandia National Laboratories
Computational Tools Class: 

Peridigm is an open-source computational mechanics code based on peridynamics, a nonlocal extension of classical continuum mechanics that provides a consistent mathematical framework for modeling evolving discontinuities. Peridigm uses a particle representation to simulate large deformations and propagating cracks.

Capability Bounds: 

Peridigm is built on the Trilinos toolset and is suitable for massively parallel simulations. It has been exercised on models with tens of millions of degrees of freedom.

Unique Aspects: 

The principal differentiating characteristic of peridynamics is that it does not require specialization for the treatment of discontinuities. Instead, it directly incorporates phenomena, such as cracks, dislocations, voids, and grain boundaries.


Peridigm is publically available and is distributed under the BSD 3-Clause License.

Single Point of Contact: 

Name: David Littlewood
Phone: 505-284-0830

  1. M.L. Parks, D.J. Littlewood, J.A. Mitchell, and S.A. Silling, Peridigm Users' Guide v1.0.0. Sandia Report SAND2012-7800, 2012.
  2. David J. Littlewood, Stewart A. Silling, John A. Mitchell, Pablo D. Seleson, Stephen D. Bond, Michael L. Parks, Daniel Z. Turner, Damon J. Burnett, Jakob Ostien, and Max Gunzburger. 2015. Strong Local-Nonlocal Coupling for Integrated Fracture Modeling. Report SAND2015-7998. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA.
  3. David J. Littlewood. Roadmap for Peridynamic Software Implementation. SAND Report 2015-9013. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM and Livermore, CA, 2015.
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