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See detailNon-Local Incremental-Secant Mean-Field-Homogenization of Damage-Enhanced Elasto-Plastic Composites
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2013, December)

An anisotropic gradient–enhanced continuum damage model is herein embedded in a mean–field homogenization (MFH) process for elasto-plastic composites. The homogenization procedure is based on the newly ... [more ▼]

An anisotropic gradient–enhanced continuum damage model is herein embedded in a mean–field homogenization (MFH) process for elasto-plastic composites. The homogenization procedure is based on the newly developed incremental secant mean-field homogenization formulation, for which the residual stress and strain states reached in the phases upon a fictitious elastic unloading are considered as starting point to apply the secant method. The mean stress fields in the phases are then computed using isotropic secant tensors, which are naturally used to define the Linear Comparison–Composite The resulting multi– scale model is then applied to study the damage process at the meso–scale of laminates, and in particular the damaging of plies in a composite stack. By using the gradient–enhanced continuum damage model, the problem of losing uniqueness upon strain softening is avoided. [less ▲]

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See detailA combined incremental-secant mean-field homogenization scheme with per-phase residual strains for elasto-plastic composites
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in International Journal of Plasticity (2013), 51

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-fi eld homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-fi eld homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached in the elasto-plastic phases upon a fi ctitious elastic unloading are considered as starting point to apply the secant method. The mean stress fields in the phases are then computed using secant tensors, which are naturally isotropic and enable to de fine the Linear-Comparison-Composite. The method, which remains simple in its formulation, is valid for general non-monotonic and non-proportional loading. It is applied on various problems involving elastic, elasto-plastic and perfectly-plastic phases, to demonstrate its accuracy compared to other existing MFH methods. [less ▲]

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See detailAn implicit-gradient-enhanced incremental-secant mean- field homogenization scheme for elasto-plastic composites with damage
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2013), 50(24), 38433860

This paper presents an incremental-secant mean- field homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents exhibiting damage. During the damaging process of one phase, the ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an incremental-secant mean- field homogenization (MFH) procedure for composites made of elasto-plastic constituents exhibiting damage. During the damaging process of one phase, the proposed method can account for the resulting unloading of the other phase, ensuring an accurate prediction of the scheme. When strain softening of materials is involved, classical fi nite element formulations lose solution uniqueness and face the strain localization problem. To avoid this issue the model is formulated in a so-called implicit gradient-enhanced approach, with a view toward macro-scale simulations. The method is then used to predict the behavior of composites whose matrix phases exhibit strain softening, and is shown to be accurate compared to unit cell simulations and experimental results. Then the convergence of the method upon strain softening, with respect to the mesh size, is demonstrated on a notched composite ply. Finally, applications consisting in a stacking plate, successively without and with a hole, are given as illustrations of the possibility of the method to be used in a multiscale framework. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-local multiscale analyzes of composite laminates based on a damage-enhanced mean–field homogenization formulation
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2013, June)

Properties of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy laminates are studied using an anisotropic gradient–enhanced continuum damage model embedded in a mean–field homogenization (MFH) procedure. The fibers are ... [more ▼]

Properties of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy laminates are studied using an anisotropic gradient–enhanced continuum damage model embedded in a mean–field homogenization (MFH) procedure. The fibers are assumed to remain elastic, and the matrix material obeys an elasto–plastic behavior enhanced by the proposed damage model. The resulting multi– scale model is then applied to study the damage process at the meso–scale of laminates, and in particular the damaging of plies in a composite stack. By using the gradient–enhanced continuum damage model, the problem of losing uniqueness and strain localization, which happens in classical finite element simulations when strain softening of materials is involved, is avoided. As a demonstration a stack with a hole is studied and it is shown that the model predicts the damaging process in bands oriented with the fiber directions, accordingly to the conducted experimental results. [less ▲]

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See detailAn incremental-secant mean-field homogenization scheme for elasto-plastic and damage-enhanced elasto-plastic composite materials
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2013, June)

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-field homogenization process for composite materials made of elasto–plastic constituents, which can exhibit damage. In this formulation, the residual stress ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an incremental secant mean-field homogenization process for composite materials made of elasto–plastic constituents, which can exhibit damage. In this formulation, the residual stress and strain states reached in the phases upon a fictitious elastic unloading, are considered as starting point to apply the secant method. The mean stress fields in the phases are then computed using isotropic secant tensors, which are naturally used to define the Linear Comparison–Composite. The method, remains simple in its formulation, is applied on various problems involving elastic, elasto–plastic and perfectly–plastic phases, to demonstrate its accuracy compared to other existing MFH methods. The method is particularly attractive when the damaging process is accounted for in the matrix phase. Indeed, during the damaging process of one phase, the secant method can account for the resulting unloading of the other phase, ensuring an accurate prediction of the scheme, when compared to direct numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-local Damage-Enhanced MFH for Multiscale Simulations of Composites
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in Patterson, Eann; Backman, David; Cloud, Gary (Eds.) Composite Materials and Joining Technologies for Composites, Volume 7 (2013)

In this work, a gradient-enhanced mean-field homogenization (MFH) procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fibers are assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix ... [more ▼]

In this work, a gradient-enhanced mean-field homogenization (MFH) procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fibers are assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material obeys an elasto-plastic behavior enhanced by a damage model. As classical finite element simulations face the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization when strain softening of materials is involved, we develop the mean-field homogenization in a non-local way. Toward this end we use the so-called non-local implicit approach, reformulated in an anisotropic way to describe the damage in the matrix. As a result we have a multi-scale model that can be used to study the damage process at the meso-scale, and in particular the damaging of plies in a composite stack, in an efficient comput0ational way. As a demonstration a stack with a hole is studied and it is shown that the model predicts the damaging process in bands oriented with the fiber directions. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Simulations of Composites with Non-Local Damage-Enhanced Mean-Field Homogenization
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2012, July)

The mean-field homogenization (MFH) approach is an attractive framework for multiscale methods, as it provides predictions of the macroscopic behavior of particle or fiber reinforced composites at a ... [more ▼]

The mean-field homogenization (MFH) approach is an attractive framework for multiscale methods, as it provides predictions of the macroscopic behavior of particle or fiber reinforced composites at a reasonable computational cost. Efficient MFH methods have been available for a long time for linear elastic problems, using for example the Mori-Tanaka scheme [2], but they can also be extended in the non-linear regime after linearization of the constitutive behavior at the current strain state, as for the incremental approach, e.g. [1]. In this work, the application of ductile-damage theories to a multiscale analysis of continuous fiber reinforced composites is considered. Toward this end, the incremental MFH approach is extended to account for the damage behavior happening in the matrix material at the microscale and to derive the effective properties of particle or fiber reinforced composites. However, capturing the degradation, damage or failure of material happening at the microscopic scale could lead to loss of uniqueness in the solution as the governing partial differential equations may lose ellipticity at a given level of loading corresponding to the strain-softening onset. Thus, in order to avoid the strain/damage localization caused by matrix material softening, the gradient-enhanced formulation [3] is adopted to describe the material behavior of the matrix during the homogenization process, as we have recently proposed [4]. As illustration, the behavior of a fiber re-enforced elasto-plastic matrix is considered. The properties of the matrix correspond to an elasto-plastic material experiencing damage, with a non-local form of Lemaitre Chaboche model. The fibers are assumed linear elastic, see [4] for details. A loading-unloading cycle is applied in the direction transverse to the fibers. A maximal deformation of 10 % is reached before the unloading proceeds to zero-transverse deformation. The effective behavior predicted by the MFH models is compared to the solutions obtained by finite element computations performed on a unit periodic cell and on RVE where the micro-structure is fully meshed. The results for three fiber volume ratios are presented in Fig. 1. For the three fiber volume ratios, the homogenized property is dominated by the properties of the matrix, with an obvious elasto-plastic behavior exhibiting softening. For vI = 15% and 30%, rather good predictions are given by the MFH model, with, as expected, higher macroscopic stress and damage predicted by the MFH due to the incremental formulation. However for vI = 50%, the MFH model overestimates the macroscopic stress considerably. This error comes from the assumption of Mori - Tanaka based MFH. As it is shown to be an efficient multi-scale approach, the developed gradient enhanced MFH formulation presented can now be used to model the behavior of composite laminates experiencing damage. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiscale mean-field homogenization method for fiber-reinforced composites with gradient-enhanced damage models
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, L et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2012), 233-236

In this work, a gradient-enhanced homogenization procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fiber is assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material is modeled ... [more ▼]

In this work, a gradient-enhanced homogenization procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fiber is assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material is modeled as elasto-plastic coupled with a damage law described by a non-local constitutive model. Toward this end, the mean-field homogenization is based on the knowledge of the macroscopic deformation tensors, internal variables and their gradients, which are applied to a micro-structural representative volume element (RVE). The macro-stress is then obtained from a homogenization procedure. The methodology holds for 2-phase composites with moderate fiber volume ratios, and for which, at the RVE size, the matrix can be considered as homogeneous isotropic and the ellipsoidal fibers can be considered as homogeneous transversely isotropic. Under these assumptions, the method is successfully applied to simulate the damage process occurring in unidirectional carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy composites submitted to different loading conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-local damage-enhanced MFH for multiscale simulations of composites
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in Proceedings of the XII SEM International Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics (2012)

In this work, a gradient-enhanced mean-field homogenization (MFH) procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fibers are assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix ... [more ▼]

In this work, a gradient-enhanced mean-field homogenization (MFH) procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fibers are assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material obeys an elasto-plastic behavior enhanced by a damage model. As classical finite element simulations face the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization when strain softening of materials is involved, we develop the mean-field homogenization in a non-local way. Toward this end we use the so-called non-local implicit approach, reformulated in an anisotropic way to describe the damage in the matrix. As a result we have a multi-scale model that can be used to study the damage process at the meso-scale, and in particular the damaging of plies in a composite stack, in an efficient computational way. As a demonstration a stack with a hole is studied and it is shown that the model predicts the damaging process in bands oriented with the fiber directions. [less ▲]

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See detailHomogenization of fibre reinforced composite with gradient enhanced damage model
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in Hogge, Michel; Van Keer, Roger; Dick, Erik (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Advanded COmputational Methods in Engineering (ACOMEN2011) (2011, November)

Classical finite element simulations face the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization when the strain softening of materials is involved. Thus, when using continuum damage model or ... [more ▼]

Classical finite element simulations face the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization when the strain softening of materials is involved. Thus, when using continuum damage model or plasticity softening model, numerical convergence will not be obtained with the refinement of the finite element discretization when strain localization occurs. Gradient-enhanced softening and non-local continua models have been proposed by several researchers in order to solve this problem. In such approaches, high-order spatial gradients of state variables are incorporated in the macroscopic constitutive equations. However, when dealing with complex heterogeneous materials, a direct simulation of the macroscopic structures is unreachable, motivating the development of non-local homogenization schemes. In this work, a non-local homogenization procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In this approach, the fiber is assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material is modeled as elasto-plastic coupled with a damage law described by a non-local constitutive model. Toward this end, the mean-field homogenization is based on the knowledge of the macroscopic deformation tensors, internal variables and their gradients, which are applied to a micro- structural representative volume element (RVE). Macro-stress is then obtained from a homogenization process. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti‐scale modelling of fibre reinforced composite with non‐local damage variable
Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2011, July)

Classical finite element simulations face the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization when the strain softening of materials is involved. Thus, when using continuum damage model or ... [more ▼]

Classical finite element simulations face the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization when the strain softening of materials is involved. Thus, when using continuum damage model or plasticity softening model, numerical convergence will not be obtained with the refinement of the finite element discretization when strain localization occurs. Gradient-enhanced softening and non-local continua models have been proposed by several researchers in order to solve this problem. In such approaches, the spatial gradients of state variables are incorporated in the macroscopic constitutive equation [1, 2]. However, when dealing with complex heterogeneous materials, a direct simulation of the macroscopic structures is unreachable, motivating the development of non-local homogenization schemes [3]. In our work, a gradient-enhanced homogenization procedure is proposed for fiber reinforced materials. In the approach, the fiber is assumed to remain linear elastic while the matrix material is modeled as elasto-plastic [4] coupled with damage and is described by a non-local constitutive model [5]. Toward this end, the mean-field homogenization is based on the knowledge of the macroscopic deformation tensors, internal variables and their gradients, which are applied to a micro-structural representative volume element (RVE). Macro-stress is then obtained from a homogenization process. This procedure is applied to simulate damage process occurring in unidirectional carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy composites submitted to different loading histories. [less ▲]

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