Cellular architectures are promising in a variety of engineering applications due to attractive material properties. Additive manufacturing has reduced the difficulty in the fabrication of three-dimensional (3D) cellular materials. In this paper, the numerical homogenization method for 3D cellular materials is provided based on a short, self-contained matlab code. It is an educational description that shows how the homogenized constitutive matrix is computed by a voxel model with one material to be void and another material to be solid. A voxel generation algorithm is proposed to generate the voxel model easily by the wireframe scripts of unit cell topologies. The format of the wireframe script is defined so that the topology can be customized. The homogenization code is then extended to multimaterial cellular structures and thermal conductivity problems. The result of the numerical homogenization shows that different topologies exhibit anisotropic elastic properties to a different extent. It is also found that the anisotropy of cellular materials can be controlled by adjusting the combination of materials.
A 149 Line Homogenization Code for Three-Dimensional Cellular Materials Written in matlab
Contributed by the Materials Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received October 25, 2017; final manuscript received May 24, 2018; published online July 10, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Toshio Nakamura.
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Dong, G., Tang, Y., and Zhao, Y. F. (July 10, 2018). "A 149 Line Homogenization Code for Three-Dimensional Cellular Materials Written in matlab." ASME. J. Eng. Mater. Technol. January 2019; 141(1): 011005. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4040555
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