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Last Updated: 5 jun 2019
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We propose a phase-field model of dynamic fracture based on the Ambrosio-Tortorelli's approximation, which takes into account dissipative effects due to the speed of the crack tips. By adapting the time discretization scheme contained in Bourdin et al., Int. J. Fracture 168 (2011), 133-143 and Larsen et al., Math. Models Methods Appl. Sci. 20 (2010), 1021-1048, we show the existence of a dynamic crack evolution satisfying an energy--dissipation balance, according to Griffith's criterion.