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Published in Mechanics of Composite Materials 45:2 (2009), pp. 145–152. Copyright © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. Used by permission. Russian translation published in Mekhanika Kompozitnykh Materialov 45:2 (March-April 2009), pp. 211-222.


A two-scale model for predicting the multiple crack growth in viscoelastic solids due to an impact is presented. The cracks are considered only at the local scale through the use of a micromechanical viscoelastic cohesive zone model. The multiscale model has been implemented in a finite-element code. In order to minimize the computation time, the local finite-element meshes are solved in parallel by multiple processors. An example problem is given in order to demonstrate the capabilities of the model.