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See detailA Stochastic Multi-Scale Approach for the Modeling of Thermo-Elastic Damping in Micro-Resonators
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (in press)

The aim of this work is to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-resonators with a stochastic multi-scale approach. In the design of high-Q micro-resonators, thermo-elastic damping is one ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-resonators with a stochastic multi-scale approach. In the design of high-Q micro-resonators, thermo-elastic damping is one of the major dissipation mechanisms, which may have detrimental effects on the quality factor, and has to be predicted accurately. Since material uncertainties are inherent to and unavoidable in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), the effects of those variations have to be considered in the modeling in order to ensure the required MEMS performance. To this end, a coupled thermo-mechanical stochastic multi-scale approach is developed in this paper. Thermo-mechanical micro-models of polycrystalline materials are used to represent micro-structure realizations. A computational homogenization procedure is then applied on these statistical volume elements to obtain the stochastic characterizations of the elasticity tensor, thermal expansion, and conductivity tensors at the meso-scale. Spatially correlated meso-scale random fields can thus be generated to represent the stochastic behavior of the homogenized material properties. Finally, the distribution of the thermo-elastic quality factor of MEMS resonators is studied through a stochastic finite element method using as input the generated stochastic random field. [less ▲]

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See detailA Stochastic Multi-scale Model For Predicting MEMS Stiction Failure
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Micro and Nanomechanics (in press)

Adhesion is an important phenomenon in the context of MEMS for which the surface forces become dominant in comparison with the body forces. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on ... [more ▼]

Adhesion is an important phenomenon in the context of MEMS for which the surface forces become dominant in comparison with the body forces. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on the surface interaction distances, which in turn evolve with the roughness of the contacting surfaces, the adhesive forces cannot be determined in a deterministic way. To quantify the uncertainties on the structural stiction behavior of a MEMS, this work proposes a “stochastic multi-scale methodology”. The key ingredient of the method is the evaluation of the random meso-scale apparent contact forces, which homogenize the effect of the nano-scale roughness and are integrated into a numerical model of the studied structure as a random contact law. To obtain the probabilistic behavior at the structural MEMS scale, a direct method needs to evaluate explicitly the meso-scale apparent contact forces in a concurrent way with the stochastic multi-scale approach. To reduce the computational cost, a stochastic model is constructed to generate the random meso-scale apparent contact forces. To this end, the apparent contact forces are parameterized by a vector of parameters before applying a polynomial chaos expansion in order to construct a mathematical model representing the probability of the random parameters vector. The problem of micro-beam stiction is then studied in a probabilistic way. [less ▲]

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See detailChapter 6: Effective Properties, 6.1.1 Review of Homogenization Methods for Heterogeneous Materials
Noels, Ludovic ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

in Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) (in press)

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See detailUnified treatment of microscopic boundary conditions in computational homogenization method for multiphysics problems
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Homsi, Lina ULg et al

Conference (2016, September 08)

Computational homogenization (so-called FE2) method is an effective tool to model complex behavior of heterogeneous media allowing direct coupling between the structure response and the evolving ... [more ▼]

Computational homogenization (so-called FE2) method is an effective tool to model complex behavior of heterogeneous media allowing direct coupling between the structure response and the evolving microstructure not only in purely mechanical problems but also in multiphysics problems [1]. The basic idea of this method is to obtain the macroscopic constitutive relationships from the resolution of the microscopic boundary value problem (BVP) defined on a representative volume element. This method does not requires any constitutive assumption at the macroscopic level, but an appropriate microscopic boundary condition has to be defined. Our work focuses on the unified treatment of the microscopic boundary condition in a multiphysics microscopic BVP. In particular, an efficient way to compute the tangent operator is developed for an arbitrary kind of boundary conditions. When considering the FE2method, the homogenized stresses and homogenized tangents at every macroscopic integration points are required. From the energy consistency condition between macroscopic and microscopic problems, the homogenized stresses can be easily computed by the volumetric averaging integrals of the microscopic counterparts. The required homogenized tangents often follows a stiffness condensation from the microscopic stiffness matrix at the equilibrium state [2]. When using the stiffness condensation, the microscopic stiffness matrix needs to be partitioned, and dense matrices based on Schur complements (under a matrix form 𝐊̃ 𝑏𝑏=𝐊𝑏𝑏−𝐊𝑏𝑖𝐊𝑖𝑖−1𝐊𝑖𝑏) have to be estimated. The matrix operations based on Schur complements require a large time consuming and a lot of memory when increasing the number of degrees of freedom of the microscopic BVPs. This work proposes an efficient method allowing to compute the homogenized tangents without significant effort. The microscopic stiffness matrix does not need to be partitioned. The homogenized tangents are computed by solving a linear system, which is based on the linearized system at the converge solution of the microscopic BVP, with multiple right hand sides. With proposed numerical improvements, the FE2 method is used in a fully thermo-mechanically-coupled simulation. The temperature-dependent elastoplastic behavior, thermal conduction as well as the heat conversion from the mechanical deformation are considered in the hyperelastic large strain framework. [1]. Geers, M. G. D., Kouznetsova, V. G., Brekelmans, W. A. M., 2010. J. Comput. Appl. Math. 234 (7), 2175-2182. [2]. Kouznetsova, V., Brekelmans, W. A. M., Baaijens, F. P. T., 2001. Comput. Mech. 27 (1), 37-48. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulations of composite laminates inter and intra-laminar failure using on a non-local mean-field damage-enhanced multi-scale method
Wu, Ling ULg; Adam, Laurent; Bidaine, Benoît et al

Conference (2016, September 07)

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced composite laminates is studied using a multiscale method. A non-local mean-field homogenization (MFH) method accounting for the damage evolution of the matrix phase ... [more ▼]

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced composite laminates is studied using a multiscale method. A non-local mean-field homogenization (MFH) method accounting for the damage evolution of the matrix phase of the composite material [1] is considered in each ply in order to capture the intra-laminar failure. In that formulation, an incremental-secant MFH approach is used to account for the elastic unloading of the fibers during the strain softening of the matrix. In order to avoid the strain/damage localization caused by the matrix material softening, the damage enhanced MFH was formulated in an implicit non-local way [2]. Accurate predictions of the composite softening behavior and of the different phases response is then achieved. The delamination process is modeled by recourse to a hybrid discontinuous Galerkin (DG)/ extrinsic cohesive law approach. An open-hole composite laminate with a quasi-isotropic sequence ([90/45/-45/90/0]S) is then studied experimentally and using the multiscale method [3]. The numerical model is found to predict the damage bands along the fiber directions in agreement with the experimental samples inspected by X-ray computed tomography (XCT). Moreover, the predicted delamination pattern is found to match the experimental observations. Finally, with a view to stochastic analysis, the effect of the volume fraction and orientation variations on the failure is studied by defining them as random variables. REFERENCES [1] L. Wu, L. Noels, L. Adam, I. Doghri, An implicit-gradient-enhanced incremental-secant mean- field homogenization scheme for elasto-plastic composites with damage, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 50, 3843-3860, 2013. [2] R. Peerlings, R. de Borst, W. Brekelmans, S. Ayyapureddi, Gradient-enhanced damage for quasi-brittle materials. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 39, 3391-3403, 1996. [3] L. Wu, F. Sket, J.M. Molina-Aldareguia, A. Makradi, L. Adam, I. Doghri, L. Noels, A study of composite laminates failure using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced damage mean-field homogenization model, Composite Structures, 126, 246–264, 2015. [less ▲]

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See detailMean-Field-Homogenization-based stochastic multiscale methods for composite materials
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2016, July 12)

When considering a homogenization-based multiscale approach, at each integration-point of the macro-structure, the material properties are obtained from the resolution of a micro-scale boundary value ... [more ▼]

When considering a homogenization-based multiscale approach, at each integration-point of the macro-structure, the material properties are obtained from the resolution of a micro-scale boundary value problem. At the micro-level, the macro-point is viewed as the center of a Representative Volume Element (RVE). However, to be representative, the micro-volume-element should have a size much bigger than the micro-structure size. For composite materials which suffer from a large property and geometrical dispersion, either this requires RVE of sizes which cannot usually be obtained numerically, or simply the structural properties exhibit a scatter at the macro-scale. In both cases, the representativity of the micro-scale volume element is lost and Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) [1] should be considered in order to account for the micro-structural uncertainties, which should in turn be propagated to the macro-scale in order to predict the structural properties in a probabilistic way. In this work we propose a non-deterministic multi-scale approach for composite materials following the methodology set in [2]. Uncertainties on the meso-scale properties and their (spatial) correlations are first evaluated through the homogenization of SVEs. This homogenization combines both mean-field method in order to gain efficiency and computational homogenization to evaluate the spatial correlation. A generator of the meso-scale material tensor is then implemented using the spectral method [3]. As a result, a meso-scale random field can be generated, paving the way to the use of stochastic finite elements to study the probabilistic behavior of macro-scale structures. [1] M. Ostoja-Starzewski, X.Wang, Stochastic finite elements as a bridge between random material microstructure and global response, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 168, 35–49, 1999. [2] V. Lucas, J.-C. Golinval, S. Paquay, V.-D. Nguyen, L. Noels, L. Wu, A stochastic computational multiscale approach; Application to MEMS resonators. Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 294, 141–167, 2015. [3] Shinozuka, M., Deodatis, G. Simulation of stochastic processes by spectral representation. Appl. Mech. Rev., 1991: 44(4): 191-204, 1991. [less ▲]

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See detailFailure multiscale simulations of composite laminates based on a non-local mean-field damage-enhanced homogenization
Wu, Ling ULg; Adam, Laurent; Doghri, Issam et al

Conference (2016, July 12)

A multiscale method is developed to study the failure of carbon fiber reinforced composites. In order to capture the intra-laminar failure, a non-local mean-field homogenization (MFH) method accounting ... [more ▼]

A multiscale method is developed to study the failure of carbon fiber reinforced composites. In order to capture the intra-laminar failure, a non-local mean-field homogenization (MFH) method accounting for the damage evolution of the matrix phase of the composite material [1] is considered. In that formulation, an incremental-secant MFH approach is used to account for the elastic unloading of the fibers during the strain softening of the matrix. In order to avoid the strain/damage localization caused by the matrix material softening, an implicit non-local method [2] was reformulated to account for the composite material anisotropy. As a result, accurate predictions of the composite softening behavior and of the different phases response is possible, even for volume ratios of inclusions around 60%. In particular it is shown that the damage propagation direction in each ply follows the fiber orientation in agreement with experimental data. The delamination process is modeled by recourse to a hybrid discontinuous Galerkin (DG)/ extrinsic cohesive law approach. As for the extrinsic cohesive law (ECL), which represents the fracturing response only, and for which cohesive elements are inserted at failure onset, the method does not suffer from a mesh-dependent effect. However, because of the underlying discontinuous Galerkin method, interface elements are present since the very beginning of the simulation avoiding the need to propagate topological changes in the mesh with the propagation of the delamination. Moreover, the pre-failure response is accurately captured by the material law though the DG implementation, by contrast to usual intrinsic cohesive laws. As a demonstration of the efficiency and accuracy of the method, a composite laminate with a quasi-isotropic sequence ([90/45/-45/90/0]S) and an open-hole geometry is studied using the multiscale method [3] and the results are compared to experimental data. The numerical model is found to predict the damage bands along the fiber directions as observed in the experimental samples inspected by X-ray computed tomography (XCT). Moreover, the predicted delamination pattern is found to match the experimental observations. REFERENCES [1] L. Wu, L. Noels, L. Adam, I. Doghri, An implicit-gradient-enhanced incremental-secant mean- field homogenization scheme for elasto-plastic composites with damage, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 50, 3843-3860, 2013. [2] R. Peerlings, R. de Borst, W. Brekelmans, S. Ayyapureddi, Gradient-enhanced damage for quasi-brittle materials. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 39, 3391-3403, 1996. [3] L. Wu, F. Sket, J.M. Molina-Aldareguia, A. Makradi, L. Adam, I. Doghri, L. Noels, A study of composite laminates failure using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced damage mean-field homogenization model, Composite Structures, 126, 246–264, 2015. [less ▲]

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See detailA stochastic 3-Scale approach to study the thermomechanical damping of MEMS
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, June 20)

A stochastic 3-scale approach is developed to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators. Thermo-elastic damping is one of the major dissipation ... [more ▼]

A stochastic 3-scale approach is developed to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators. Thermo-elastic damping is one of the major dissipation mechanisms in high-Q micro-resonators, which may have detrimental effects on the quality factor, and has to be predicted accurately. Since material uncertainties are inherent to and unavoidable in MEMS, the effects of those variations have to be considered in the numerical models. To this end, a coupled thermo-mechanical stochastic 3-scale approach is considered. Thermo-mechanical micro-models of poly-silicon materials are used to represent micro-structure realizations. A computational stochastic homogenization procedure is then applied on these statistical volume elements to obtain the probabilistic distribution of the elasticity tensor, thermal expansion and conductivity tensors at the meso-scale. Spatially correlated meso-scale random fields are then generated in order to represent the probabilistic behavior of the homogenized material properties, feeding macro-scale stochastic finite element simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-scale stochastic study of the grain orientation and roughness effects on polycrystalline thin structures
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 09)

When studying micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of poly-crystalline materials, as the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the the grains, the ... [more ▼]

When studying micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of poly-crystalline materials, as the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the the grains, the structural properties exhibit a scatter at the macro-scale due to the existing randomness in the grain size, grain orientation, surface roughness... In order to predict the probabilistic behavior at the structural scale, the authors have recently developed a stochastic 3-scale approach [1]. In this method, stochastic volume elements (SVEs) [2] are defined by considering random grain orientations in a tessellation. For each SVE realization, a meso-scopic apparent material tensor can be obtained using the computational homogenization theory. The extracted meso-scopic apparent material tensors can then be used to defined a spatially correlated meso-scale random field, which is in turn used as input for stochastic finite element simulations. In this work we intend to study the effect of different material-related uncertainty sources on the structural behavior of vibrating micro-devices manufactured using low pressure chemical vapor deposition. First, the effect of preferred grain orientation on vibrating micro-structures is assessed. To this end, SVEs are generated so that their grain orientation distributions follow XRD measurements. Second, the effect of the roughness of the vibrating micro-structures is studied. Toward this end, SVEs, whose rough surface statistical properties follow AFM measurements, are generated. A second-order computational homogenization [3] applied on the different SVE realizations allows defining a meso-scale random field of the in-plane and out-of-plane meso-scale shell properties. Stochastic shell finite elements can then be applied to predict the MEMS probabilistic behavior. [1] V. Lucas, et al., Comp. Meth. in Appl. Mech. and Eng., 294, 141-167, 2015 [2] M. Ostoja-Starzewski, X.Wang, Comp. Meth. in Appl. Mech. and Eng., 168, 35–49, 1999 [3] E.W.C. Coenen, V. Kouznetsova, M.G.D. Geers. Int. J. for Numer. Meth. in Eng., 83, 1180–1205, 2010. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of intra- and inter-laminar failure of laminates using non-local damage-enhanced mean-field homogenization simulations
Wu, Ling ULg; Sket, Federico; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2016, June 08)

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced composites with a quasi-isotropic sequence ([90/45/-45/90/0]S) and open-hole geometry is studied using a multiscale method [1]. On the one hand, the intra-laminar ... [more ▼]

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced composites with a quasi-isotropic sequence ([90/45/-45/90/0]S) and open-hole geometry is studied using a multiscale method [1]. On the one hand, the intra-laminar failure is captured using a damage-enhanced mean-field homogenization scheme. To this end, each ply is modeled as a homogenized material whose anisotropic damage behavior is captured from the homogenization method [2]. In order to avoid the problem of loss of solution uniqueness the mean-field homogenization process is formulated in the context of the non-local continuum damage theory [3]. On the other hand, an hybrid discontinuous Galerkin/extrinsic cohesive law method is used to model the delamination process at the ply interfaces. This hybrid method avoids the need to propagate topological changes in the mesh with the propagation of the delamination while it preserves the consistency and stability in the un-cracked interfaces. As a result, the multiscale framework allows predicting damage propagation directions in each ply along the fiber directions accordingly to the experimental results as it is demonstrated by considering an openhole [90/45/-45/90/0]S-laminate studied both numerically and experimentally. [1] L. Wu, et al., Composite Struct., 126, 246–264, 2015. [2] L. Wu, L. Noels, L. Adam, I. Doghri, Int. J. of Solids and Struct., 50, 3843-3860, 2013. [3] R. Peerlings, et al., Int. J. for Numer. Meth. in Eng., 39, 3391-3403, 1996 [less ▲]

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See detailCohesive band model: a triaxiality-dependent cohesive model for damage to crack transition in a non-local implicit discontinuous Galerkin framework
Leclerc, Julien ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg et al

Conference (2016, June 07)

Numerical modelling of the complete ductile failure process is still a challenge. On the one hand, continuous approaches, described by damage models, succeed in the initial diffuse damage stage but are ... [more ▼]

Numerical modelling of the complete ductile failure process is still a challenge. On the one hand, continuous approaches, described by damage models, succeed in the initial diffuse damage stage but are still unable to represent physical discontinuities. On the other hand, discontinuous approaches, such as the cohesive zone models, are able to represent the crack propagation behaviour. They are suited for local damaging processes as crack initiation and propagation, and so, fail in diffuse damage prediction of ductile materials. Moreover, they do not usually capture triaxiality effects, mandatory for accurate ductile failure simulations. To describe the ductile failure process, the numerical scheme proposed here combines both approaches [1] in order to beneficiate from their respective advantages: a non-local damage model combined with an extrinsic cohesive law in a discontinuous Galerkin finite element framework. An application example of this scheme is shown on the attached figure. The initial diffuse damage stage is modelled by an implicit nonlocal damage model as suggested by [2]. Upon damage to crack transition, a cohesive band [3] is used to introduce in-plane stretch effects inside the cohesive law or in other words, a triaxiality-dependent behaviour. Indeed, these in-plane strains play an important role during the ductile failure process and have to be considered. Concretely, when crack appears in the last failure stage, all the damaging process is assumed to occur inside a thin band ahead of the crack surface. Thanks to the small but finite numerical band thickness, the strains inside this band can be obtained from the in-plane strains and from the cohesive jump. Then, the stress-state inside the band and the cohesive traction forces on the crack lips are deduced from the underlying continuum damage model. The band thickness is not a new material parameter but is computed to ensure the energetic consistency during the transition. [1] Wu L, Becker G, Noels L. Elastic damage to crack transition in a coupled non-local implicit discontinuous Galerkin/extrinsic cohesive law framework. Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng. 279 (2014): 379–409 [2] Peerlings R., de Borst R., Brekelmans W., Ayyapureddi S. Gradient-enhanced damage for quasi-brittle materials, Int. J. for Num. Methods in Eng. 39 (1996): 3391-3403 [3] Remmers J. J. C., de Borst R., Verhoosel C. V., Needleman A. The cohesive band model: a cohesive surface formulation with stress triaxiality. Int. J. Fract. 181 (2013): 177–188 [less ▲]

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See detailA Stochastic Multi-scale Model For Predicting MEMS Stiction Failure
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Paquay, Stéphane; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Proceedings of the SEM XIII International Congress and Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics. (SEMXIII 2016) (2016, June 06)

Adhesion is an important phenomenon in the context of MEMS for which the surface forces become dominant in comparison with the body forces. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on ... [more ▼]

Adhesion is an important phenomenon in the context of MEMS for which the surface forces become dominant in comparison with the body forces. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on the surface interaction distances, which in turn evolve with the roughness of the contacting surfaces, the adhesive forces cannot be determined in a deterministic way. To quantify the uncertainties on the structural stiction behavior of a MEMS, this work proposes a “stochastic multi-scale methodology”. The key ingredient of the method is the evaluation of the random meso-scale apparent contact forces, which homogenize the effect of the nano-scale roughness and are integrated into a numerical model of the studied structure as a random contact law. To obtain the probabilistic behavior at the structural MEMS scale, a direct method needs to evaluate explicitly the meso-scale apparent contact forces in a concurrent way with the stochastic multi-scale approach. To reduce the computational cost, a stochastic model is constructed to generate the random meso-scale apparent contact forces. To this end, the apparent contact forces are parameterized by a vector of parameters before applying a polynomial chaos expansion in order to construct a mathematical model representing the probability of the random parameters vector. The problem of miro-beam stiction is then studied in a probabilistic way. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic prediction of the quality factor of micro-resonator using a stochastic thermo-mechanical multi-scale approach
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg et al

Scientific conference (2016, May 23)

As the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the grains, the structural properties, such as the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q), of micro-electro-mechanical ... [more ▼]

As the size of the device is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of the grains, the structural properties, such as the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q), of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of poly- crystalline materials exhibit a scatter, due to the existing randomness in the grain size, grain orientation, surface roughness. In order to predict the probabilistic behavior of micro-resonators, the authors extend herein a previously developed stochastic 3-scale approach to the case of thermoelastic damping. In this method, stochastic volume elements (SVEs) are defined by considering random grain orientations in a tessellation. For each SVE realization, the mesoscopic apparent elasticity tensor, thermal conductivity tensor, and thermal dilatation tensor can be obtained using thermo-mechanical computational homogenization theory. The extracted mesoscopic apparent properties tensors can then be used to define a spatially correlated mesoscale random field, which is in turn used as input for stochastic finite element simulations. As a result, the probabilistic distribution of the quality factor of micro-resonator can be extracted by considering Monte-Carlo simulations of coarse-meshed micro-resonators, accounting implicitly for the random microstructure of the poly-silicon material. [less ▲]

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See detailA Study Of Dry Stiction Phenomenon In MEMS Using A Computational Stochastic Multi-scale Methodology
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in EuroSimE 2016 in Montpellier (2016, April 19)

This work studies the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems for reduced size structures, e.g. the stiction failure of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In MEMS, because of the large surface ... [more ▼]

This work studies the uncertainties of the adhesive contact problems for reduced size structures, e.g. the stiction failure of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). In MEMS, because of the large surface to volume ratio, the surfaces forces, such as van der Waals forces and capillary forces, are dominant in comparison with the body forces. As these force magnitudes strongly depend on the contact distance, when the two contacting surfaces are rough, the contact distances vary, and the physical contact areas are limited at the highest asperities of the contacting surfaces. Therefore, the adhesive contact forces between two rough surfaces can suffer from a scatter, and the involved structural behaviors can be indeterministic. To numerically predict the probability behaviors of structures involving adhesion in dry environments, in this paper, a computational stochastic model-based multi-scale method developed by the authors is applied. The effects of van der Waals is studied and compared with experimental data as well as with the effects of capillary forces. [less ▲]

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See detailClassifying simulated wheat yield responses to changes in temperature and precipitation across a european transect
Fronzek, S.; Pirttioja, N.; Carter, T. R. et al

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See detailA probabilistic model for predicting the uncertainties of the humid stiction phenomenon on hard materials
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Journal of Computational & Applied Mathematics (2015), 289

Stiction is a major failure in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices in which two contacting surfaces can remain stuck together because of the adhesive forces. Due to the difference between the ... [more ▼]

Stiction is a major failure in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices in which two contacting surfaces can remain stuck together because of the adhesive forces. Due to the difference between the surfaces roughness and the adhesive force range, the real contact areas are usually smaller than the apparent one, resulting in a scatter in the adhesive forces. Consequently, the stiction is an uncertain phenomenon. In this work, we develop a probabilistic model to predict the uncertainties of stiction due to the capillary forces acting on stiff materials. This model contains two levels: at the deterministic level, the model can predict the pull-out adhesive contact forces for a given surface topology; at the probabilistic level, the model generates independent identically distributed surfaces on which the deterministic solution can be applied to evaluate the uncertainties related to the stiction phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailA stochastic computational multiscale approach; Application to MEMS resonators
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2015), 294

The aim of this work is to develop a stochastic multiscale model for polycrystalline materials, which accounts for the uncertainties in the micro-structure. At the finest scale, we model the micro ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to develop a stochastic multiscale model for polycrystalline materials, which accounts for the uncertainties in the micro-structure. At the finest scale, we model the micro-structure using a random Voronoi tessellation, each grain being assigned a random orientation. Then, we apply a computational homogenization procedure on statistical volume elements to obtain a stochastic characterization of the elasticity tensor at the meso-scale. A random field of the meso-scale elasticity tensor can then be generated based on the information obtained from the SVE simulations. Finally, using a stochastic finite element method, these meso-scale uncertainties are propagated to the coarser scale. As an illustration we study the resonance frequencies of MEMS micro-beams made of poly-silicon materials, and we show that the stochastic multiscale approach predicts results in agreement with a Monte Carlo analysis applied directly on the fine finite-element model, i.e. with an explicit discretization of the grains. [less ▲]

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See detailA study of composite laminates failure using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced damage mean-field homogenization model
Wu, Ling ULg; Sket, Federico; Molina-Aldareguia, Jon M et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 126

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy laminates is studied using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced continuum damage model embedded in a mean-field homogenization scheme. In each ply, a homogenized ... [more ▼]

The failure of carbon fiber reinforced epoxy laminates is studied using an anisotropic gradient-enhanced continuum damage model embedded in a mean-field homogenization scheme. In each ply, a homogenized material law is used to capture the intra-laminar failure. The anisotropy of the homogenized material model results from the homogenization method and from the reformulation of the non-local continuum damage theory to account for the material anisotropy. As a result the damage propagation direction in each ply is predicted with accuracy as compared to the experimental results, while the problems of losing uniqueness and strain localization, which occur in classical finite element simulations when strain softening of materials is involved, can be avoided. To model the delamination process, the hybrid discontinuous Galerkin/extrinsic cohesive law method is introduced at the ply interfaces. This hybrid method avoids the need to propagate topological changes in the mesh with the propagation of the delamination while it preserves the consistency and stability in the un-cracked interfaces. As a demonstration, open-hole coupons with different stacking sequences are studied numerically and experimentally. Both the intra- and inter-laminar failure patterns are shown to be well captured by the computational framework. [less ▲]

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