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International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering
IF: 1.016 5-Year IF: 1.194 SJR: 0.554 SNIP: 0.68 CiteScore™: 1.18

ISSN Print: 1543-1649
ISSN Online: 1940-4352

International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMultCompEng.2015013345
pages 249-263

AN IMPROVED HOMOGENIZATION OF INELASTIC COMPOSITES

Marta Oleksy
Department of Civil Engineering, Institute for Computational Civil Engineering, Cracow University of Technology, 31-155 Krakow, Poland

ABSTRACT

Inelastic modeling of composite materials is typically a very time-consuming task, even when the microscale material properties are taken into account in a simplified way, e.g., by a homogenization technique. In this paper a twofold improvement in computational homogenization that leads to more efficient and reliable analysis of elasticplastic metal matrix composites is presented. First, possibility of determination of the overall inelastic material properties on the basis of only one representative volume element (RVE) is verified. Second, an a posteriori homogenization error estimate is adopted for elasticplastic problems in order to control modeling accuracy and determine whether a single RVE analysis is in particular case a reasonable trade-off between accuracy and efficiency. Selected numerical experiments validate the proposed modifications.