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Apparent and effective mechanical properties of linear matrix-inclusion random composites: Improved bounds for the effective behavior

Abstract : This paper is devoted to the derivation of improved bounds for the effective behavior of linear elastic matrix-inclusion composites based on a strategy which is inspired by both the works of Huet (1990) and Danielsson et al. (2007). As shown by the former author, the effective properties of random linear composites can be bounded by ensemble averages of their apparent elastic moduli defined on square (or cubic) volume elements (VEs) and computed with either affine displacement Boundary Conditions (BC) or uniform traction BC. However, in the case of a large contrast of the constituents, the discrepancy between the upper and lower bounds remains significant, even for large values of the VE size. This occurs because the contribution to the total potential (or complementary) energy of the particles (or pores) which intersect the edges of the VE becomes unphysically very large when uniform BC are directly applied to the particles. To avoid such limitations, we considerer non-square (or non-cubic) VEs consisting in simply connex assemblages of cells, each cell being composed of an inclusion surrounded by the matrix, thus forbidding any direct application of BC to the particles. Such VEs are generated by extending the scheme proposed by Danielsson et al. (2007) in the context of periodic random microstructures to fully random microstructures. By applying the classical energy bounding theorems to the non-square VEs, new bounds for the effective behavior are derived. Their application to a two-phase composite composed of an isotropic matrix and aligned identical fibers randomly distributed in the transverse plane leads to sharper bounds which converge quickly with the VE size, even for infinite contrasts. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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Moncef Salmi, François Auslender, Michel Bornert, Michel Fogli. Apparent and effective mechanical properties of linear matrix-inclusion random composites: Improved bounds for the effective behavior. International Journal of Solids and Structures, Elsevier, 2012, 49 (10), pp.1195-1211. ⟨10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2012.01.018⟩. ⟨hal-01157362⟩

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