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Quantifying the effect of two-point correlations on the effective elasticity of specific classes of random porous materials with and without connectivity

Abstract : It is well-known by now that the Hashin-Shtrikman bounds imply that the two-point correlation functions are not in general sufficient to estimate accurately the response of composites, especially when their underlying phases exhibit infinite contrast, e.g., porous materials. Starting from this longstanding, albeit qualitative result, this work investigates quantitatively the relevance of using two-point correlations to model the effective elastic properties of specific isotropic porous materials with and without connectivity. To achieve this in an unambiguous manner, we propose three different microstructures that share almost identical two-point statistics by design but are rather different morphologically. The choice of these microstructures is driven by their wide use in several practical problems ranging from polymers to geomaterials. The first microstructure is obtained by a random sequential adsorption (RSA) of non-overlapping, polydisperse, spherical and ellipsoidal voids oriented randomly in a unit-cell. The second one, termed connected random sequential adsorption (CRSA), is obtained from the first one by adding controlled connectivity via cylindrical channels of circular cross-section. The porosity resulting from connectivity is compensated by reducing the size of the existing voids to have the same overall porosity. Interestingly, we find that connectivity does not affect the corresponding two-point statistics. Finally, using as an input the numerical one-and two-point correlations of the RSA, we reconstruct a thresholded Gaussian random field (TGRF) microstructure. Using FFT numerical simulations, we show that the resulting effective elastic properties are very different for the three generated microstructures, despite them sharing nearly the same two-point correlation functions. We show, further, that the introduction of connectivity, and in particular the partial volume fraction of the connected channels, even small, affects strongly the resulting effective elasticity of the composite.
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Othmane Zerhouni, Sébastien Brisard, Kostas Danas. Quantifying the effect of two-point correlations on the effective elasticity of specific classes of random porous materials with and without connectivity. International Journal of Engineering Science, Elsevier, 2021, 166, pp.103520. ⟨10.1016/j.ijengsci.2021.103520⟩. ⟨hal-03275328⟩

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