Micromechanics of inclusion-reinforced composites in elasto-plasticity and elasto-viscoplasticity : modeling and computation

by Pierard, Olivier

Abstract (Summary)
In this thesis, we propose some innovative developments for the implementation of mean-field homogenization schemes adapted to the prediction of the behavior of elasto-plastic and elasto-viscoplastic composites. For elasto-plastic materials, the local constitutive laws written in a rate form are linearized incrementally over several time-steps so that homogenization schemes developed in the context of linear elasticity can apply over each time interval. Since the original implementation gave too stiff predictions, we propose different stiffness reductions for the matrix tangent operator and study theoretically and numerically the influence on the final macroscopic prediction. Definition of the per phase reference state in also studied and linked to the fields heterogeneity effect. Predictions thus obtained are confronted with those of a secant (or total) formulation of the constitutive laws. For elasto-viscoplastic composites, we use the affine formulation which reduces the constitutive laws to fictitious linear thermo-elastic relations in the Laplace domain where the homogenization can apply. Our main contribution is a full treatment of internal variables in the linearization procedure. This enables to deal with realistic constitutive behaviors and general loading histories. We illustrate the influence of viscous effects under various loading conditions and study the accuracy of the method with respect to the loading rate. For both classes of composites, numerous predictions obtained by mean-field homogenization schemes are confronted against those of three-dimensional finite element simulations and experimental results. For a wide range of materials and loading conditions, a good agreement at the macroscopic level between our predictions and the reference results is observed.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Université catholique de Louvain

School Location:Belgium

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:mean field non linear mechanics heterogeneous materials homogenization


Date of Publication:09/15/2006

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