The Eshelby Tensors in a Finite Spherical Domain—Part II: Applications to Homogenization

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Shaofan Li1

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720li@ce.berkeley.edu

Gang Wang, Roger A. Sauer

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720


Corresponding author.

J. Appl. Mech 74(4), 784-797 (Jun 14, 2006) (14 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2711228 History: Received April 06, 2006; Revised June 14, 2006

In this part of the work, the Eshelby tensors of a finite spherical domain are applied to various homogenization procedures estimating the effective material properties of multiphase composites. The Eshelby tensors of a finite domain can capture the boundary effect of a representative volume element as well as the size effect of the different phases. Therefore their application to homogenization does not only improve the accuracy of classical homogenization methods, but also leads to some novel homogenization theories. This paper highlights a few of them: a refined dilute suspension method and a modified Mori–Tanaka method, the exterior eigenstrain method, the dual-eigenstrain method, which is a generalized self-consistency method, a shell model, and new variational bounds depending on the different boundary conditions. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time that a multishell model is used to evaluate the Hashin–Shtrikman bounds for a multiple phase composite (n3), which can distinguish some of the subtleties of different microstructures.

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Figure 1

Average Eshelby tensor coefficients s1I, s1E(i=1) and s2I, s2E(i=2)

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Figure 2

Effective moduli κ¯, μ¯ (or κeff and μeff) obtained by using the dilute suspension method

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Figure 3

Effective moduli κ¯, μ¯ (or κeff and μeff) obtained by using the Mori–Tanaka method

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Figure 4

Illustration of interior and exterior eigenstrain method

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Mori–Tanaka homogenization for the interior and exterior eigenstrain methods

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Effective shear modulus for: (a) C̃=aCI+(1−a)CE, and (b) C̃=C¯

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A three-layer shell model

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Influence of β on the effective shear modulus

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Improved Hashin–Shtrikman bounds for the effective bulk and shear moduli

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Variational bounds for a three-phase composite material: (a) bounds for bulk modulus; and (b) bounds for shear modulus.

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Figure 11

Influence of phase position on three-phase variational bounds





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