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Micromechanics in Practice

Micromechanics in Practice

Authors: M. Šejnoha and J. Zeman, Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic


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Micromechanics in practice applies micromechanics to the analysis of practical engineering problems. It considers both classical composites, represented by carbon/carbon textile laminates, and applications in Civil Engineering, including asphalts and masonry structures. These considerably distinct material systems have as a common denominator the randomness of their internal structure. Also, because of their complexity, all material systems are studied on multiple scales. Since real engineering, rather than academic, problems are the main interest, these scales are treated independently from each other on the basis of fully uncoupled multi-scale analysis. Attention is limited to elastic and viscoelastic behaviour and to linear heat transfer analysis.  The authors introduce relatively simple, yet reasonably accurate, methods for the analysis of real-world materials with complex microstructures, supporting the methods with experimental observations.

To achieve this, the book addresses two different approaches to the homogenization of systems with random microstructures. In particular, classical averaging schemes based on the Eshelby solution of a solitary inclusion in an infinite medium represented by the Hashin-Shtrikman variational principles or by considerably simpler and more popular Mori-Tanaka method are compared to detailed finite element simulations of a certain representative volume element (RVE) representing accommodated geometrical details of respective microstructures. These are derived by matching material statistics such as the one- and two-point probability functions of real and artificial microstructures. The latter one is termed the statistically equivalent periodic unit cell owing to the assumed periodic arrangement of reinforcements (carbon fibres, carbon fibre tows, stones or masonry bricks) in a certain matrix (carbon matrix, asphalt mastic, mortar). Other types of materials are introduced in the form of exercises with emphases on the application of the Mori-Tanaka method in the framework of the previously mentioned uncoupled multi-scale analysis.

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