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See detailAn incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation method with second statistical moments for elasto-plastic composite materials
Wu, Ling ULg; Doghri, Issam; Noels, Ludovic ULg

in Philosophical Magazine (in press)

In this paper, the incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation (MFH) scheme recently developed by the authors is extended to account for second statistical moments. The incremental-secant MFH method ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation (MFH) scheme recently developed by the authors is extended to account for second statistical moments. The incremental-secant MFH method possesses several advantages compared to other MFH methods. Indeed the method can handle non-proportional and non-monotonic loadings, while the instantaneous stiffness operators used in the Eshelby tensor are naturally isotropic, avoiding the isotropisation approximation required by the affne and incremental-tangent methods. Moreover, the incremental-secant MFH formalism was shown to be able to account for material softening when extended to include a non-local damage model in the matrix phase, thus enabling an accurate simulation of the onset and evolution of damage across the scales. In this work, by accounting for a second statistical moment estimation of the current yield stress in the composite phases, the plastic flow computation allows capturing with a better accuracy the plastic yield in the composite material phases, which in turn improves the accuracy of the predictions, mainly in the case of short fibre composite materials. The incremental-secant mean-field-homogenisation (MFH) can thus be used to model a wide variety of composite material systems with a good accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and computational micro–mechanical investigations of compressive properties of polypropylene/multi–walled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite foams
Wan, Fangyi; Tran, Minh Phuong; Leblanc, Christophe ULg et al

in Mechanics of Materials (in press)

The compressive behavior of nanocomposite foams is studied by both experimental and computational micro-mechanics approaches with the aim of providing an efficient computational model for this kind of ... [more ▼]

The compressive behavior of nanocomposite foams is studied by both experimental and computational micro-mechanics approaches with the aim of providing an efficient computational model for this kind of material. The nanocomposites based on polypropylene (PP) and different contents of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are prepared by melt mixing method. The nanocomposite samples are foamed using super-critical carbon dioxide (ScCO2) as blowing agent at different soaking temperatures. The influence of this foaming parameter on the morphological characteristics of the foam micro-structure is discussed. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) measurements are used to quantify the crystallinity degree of both nanocomposites and foams showing that the crystallinity degree is reduced after the foaming process. This modification leads to mechanical properties of the foam cell walls that are different from the raw nanocomposite PP/CNTs material. Three--point bending tests are performed on the latter to measure the flexural modulus in terms of the crystallinity degree. Uniaxial compression tests are then performed on the foamed samples under quasi-static conditions in order to extract the macro-scale compressive response. Next, a two-level multi-scale approach is developed to model the behavior of the foamed nanocomposite material. On the one hand, the micro-mechanical properties of nanocomposite PP/CNTs cell walls are evaluated from a theoretical homogenization model accounting for the micro-structure of the semi-crystalline PP, for the degree of crystallinity, and for the CNT volume fraction. The applicability of this theoretical model is demonstrated via the comparison with experimental data from the described experimental measurements and from literature. On the other hand, the macroscopic behavior of the foamed material is evaluated using a computational micro-mechanics model using tetrakaidecahedron unit cells and periodic boundary conditions to estimate the homogenized properties. The unit cell is combined with several geometrical imperfections in order to capture the elastic collapse of the foamed material. The numerical results are compared to the experimental measurements and it is shown that the proposed unit cell computational micro-mechanics model can be used to estimate the homogenized behavior, including the linear and plateau regimes, of nanocomposite foams. [less ▲]

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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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See detailA viscoelastic-viscoplastic-damage constitutive model based on a large strain hyperelastic formulation for amorphous glassy polymers
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Morelle, Xavier; Lani, Frédéric et al

in proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Composite Materials, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19-24th July 2015 (2015, July 20)

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient large-strain hyperelastic constitutive model for amorphous polymers in the glassy state. These materials exhibit a complex rate- and pressure-sensible ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient large-strain hyperelastic constitutive model for amorphous polymers in the glassy state. These materials exhibit a complex rate- and pressure-sensible behavior in both elastic and plastic regimes. After an initial linear elastic region, a nonlinear stage continues until reaching a peak stress, which is followed by a softening stage. At large strains, when the softening is saturated, a re-hardening stage is reached. The viscoelastic effect is captured using the generalized Maxwell model. The viscoplastic effect is considered using a Perzyna-type flow rule incorporating a pressure sensitive yield surface and a non-associated flow potential. This yield surface is extended from the Drucker-Prager one. The saturated softening phenomenon is modelled using an isotropic numerical damage variable progressed by a saturated softening law. With the introduction of the damage parameter, a non-local implicit gradient damage model is used to avoid the loss of the solution uniqueness. Through experimental comparisons, it is shown that the proposed model has the ability to model the complex mechanical responses of amorphous glassy polymers. [less ▲]

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See detailA probabilistic multi-scale model for polycrystalline MEMS resonators
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

Conference (2015, July 09)

The size of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of their micro-structure, i.e. their grain size. As a result, the structural properties ... [more ▼]

The size of micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of their micro-structure, i.e. their grain size. As a result, the structural properties exhibit a scatter. As an example we study the beam resonator illustrated in Fig. 1(a), made of poly-silicon material, in which each grain has a random orientation. Solving the problem with a full direct numerical simulation combined to a Monte-Carlo method allows the probability density function to be computed as illustrated in Fig. 1(b). However this methodology is computationally expensive due to the number of degrees of freedom required to study one sample, motivating the development of a non-deterministic 3-scale approach [3]. In a multiscale approach, at each macro-point of the macro-structure, the resolution of a microscale boundary value problem relates the macro-stress tensor to the macro-strain tensor. At the micro-level, the macro-point is viewed as the center of a Representative Volume Element (RVE). The resolution of the micro-scale boundary problem can be performed using finite-element simulations, as in the computational homogenization framework, e.g. [2]. However, to be representative, the micro-volume-element should have a size much bigger than the microstructure size. In the context of the MEMS resonator, this representativity is lost and Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) are considered. These SVEs are generated under the form of a Voronoi tessellation with a random orientation for each silicon grain. Hence, a Monte-Carlo procedure combined with a homogenization technique allows a distribution of the material tensor at the meso-scale to be estimated. The correlation between the meso-scale material tensors of two SVEs separated by a given distance can also be evaluated. A generator at the meso-scale based on the spectral method [4] is implemented. The generator [3] accounts for a lower bound [1] of the meso-scale material tensor in order to ensure the existence of the second-order moment of the Frobenius norm of the generated material tensor inverse [5]. Using the random meso-scale field obtained with the meso-scale generator, which accounts for the spatial correlation, a Monte-Carlo method can be used at the macro-scale to predict the probabilistic behavior of the MEMS resonator. [less ▲]

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See detailA Non-Local Damage-Enhanced Incremental-Secant Mean-Field-Homogenization For Composite Laminate Failure Predictions
Wu, Ling ULg; Adam, Laurent; Doghri, Issam et al

Conference (2015, July 06)

Recently, the authors have presented an incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation (MFH) process for non-linear composite materials [4]. In this formulation, a virtual elastic unloading is applied to ... [more ▼]

Recently, the authors have presented an incremental-secant mean-field homogenisation (MFH) process for non-linear composite materials [4]. In this formulation, a virtual elastic unloading is applied to evaluate the virtual residual stress and strain states reached in each elasto-plastic phase. These virtual states are then used as a starting point to apply a secant homogenization method. This incremental-secant MFH process can handle non-proportional and nonmonotonic loadings, and naturally possesses an isotropic instantaneous stiffness operator to be used in the Eshelby tensor. This incremental-secant MFH homogenization can account for the first and second statistical moment estimation of the current yield stress in the composite phases during the computation of the plastic flow. When accounting for a second statistical moment estimation, the plastic yield in the composite material phases is captured with a higher accuracy, improving the predictions, mainly in the case of short fiber composite materials [6], see Fig. 1(a). The incremental MFH can handle material softening when extended to include a damage model. Indeed, as the secant formulation is applied from an unloaded state, the inclusion phase can be elastically unloaded during the softening of the matrix phase, contrarily to the case of the incremental-tangent method [3, 5], see Fig. 1(b). Moreover, when formulating the damage model in the composite phases in a non-local way, as with the non-local implicit approach, [1, 2], the MFH scheme can be used to model strain localization in composite structures [5], without suffering from the loss of the solution uniqueness. [less ▲]

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See detailAn XFEM/CZM implementation for massively parallel simulations of composites fracture
Vigueras, Guillermo; Sket, Federico; Samaniego, Cristobal et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 125

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to ... [more ▼]

Because of their widely spread use in many industries, composites are the subject of many research campaigns. More particularly, the development of both accurate and flexible numerical models able to capture their intrinsically multiscale modes of failure is still a challenge. The standard finite element method typically requires intensive remeshing to adequately capture the geometry of the cracks and high accuracy is thus often sacrificed in favor of scalability, and vice versa. In an effort to preserve both properties, we present here an extended finite element method (XFEM) for large scale composite fracture simulations. In this formulation, the standard FEM formulation is partially enriched by use of shifted Heaviside functions with special attention paid to the scalability of the scheme. This enrichment technique offers several benefits, since the interpolation property of the standard shape function still holds at the nodes. Those benefits include (i) no extra boundary condition for the enrichment degree of freedom, and (ii) no need for transition/blending regions; both of which contribute to maintain the scalability of the code. Two different cohesive zone models (CZM) are then adopted to capture the physics of the crack propagation mechanisms. At the intralaminar level, an extrinsic CZM embedded in the XFEM formulation is used. At the interlaminar level, an intrinsic CZM is adopted for predicting the failure. The overall framework is implemented in ALYA, a mechanics code specifically developed for large scale, massively parallel simulations of coupled multi-physics problems. The implementation of both intrinsic and extrinsic CZM models within the code is such that it conserves the extremely efficient scalability of ALYA while providing accurate physical simulations of computationally expensive phenomena. The strong scalability provided by the proposed implementation is demonstrated. The model is ultimately validated against a full experimental campaign of loading tests and X-ray tomography analyses for a chosen very large scale. [less ▲]

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See detailA stochastic multiscale analysis for MEMS stiction failure
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 26)

Stiction is a major failure in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices in which two contacting surfaces can remain stuck together because of the adhesive forces, such as van der Waals forces and ... [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, such as van der Waals forces and capillary forces. Stiction is a multiscale problem which is characterized by three different lengths: the MEMS device characteristic length, the roughness of the contacting surfaces, and the distance range of the adhesive forces. Because MEMS surfaces roughness and adhesive force distances are of comparable scales, the randomness in the contacting surfaces can result in important uncertainties on the interacting forces, and in turn lead to a scatter in the MEMS structural behavior. The purpose of this work is to quantify the uncertainties on the macro stiction behavior of a MEMS structure due to the randomness in its contacting surfaces. A full analysis, such as the combination of a Monte-Carlo simulation to generate random surfaces combined with finite element (FE) analyses to model the stiction behavior, is expensive in terms of the computational cost due to the difference in the scales between the macro characteristic length and the distance range of the adhesive forces. Thus, in this work, we develop a stochastic multiscale analysis. At the micro scale, the uncertainties in the interacting forces between two rough surfaces are investigated. The power spectral density function of the surface is characterized from experimental topology measurements, and interacting surfaces are then generated as Gaussian random surfaces. For each generated random surface, the interacting adhesive forces are calculated by using a modified Dejarguin-Muller-Toporov (DMT) model. The resulting adhesive contact forces can be integrated using the finite element method at the structural scale by associating to each discretized contacting point a sampled surface. We then use the Monte-Carlo method to quantify the uncertainties in the stiction behavior of the MEMS device. [less ▲]

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See detailPropagation of uncertainties in the modelling of MEMS resonators (using a 3-scale probabilistic approach)
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 26)

In order to ensure the accuracy of MEMS vibrometers, the first resonance frequency should be predicted at the design phase. However, this prediction is subjected to randomness: there is a scatter in the ... [more ▼]

In order to ensure the accuracy of MEMS vibrometers, the first resonance frequency should be predicted at the design phase. However, this prediction is subjected to randomness: there is a scatter in the reached value resulting from the uncertainties involved in the manufacturing process. The purpose of this work is to take into account these uncertainties of the microstructure. The objective is a non-deterministic model that can be used since the design stage. The material is the source of uncertainties: the beam resonator is made of a polycrystalline material in which each grain has a random orientation. Solving the problem with a full direct numerical simulation combined to a Monte-Carlo method allows the probability density function of the resonance frequency to be computed. However this methodology is computationally expensive due to the number of degrees of freedom required to study one sample, motivating the development of a computationally efficient method. Towards this end a 3-scales stochastic model for predicting the resonance frequency of a micro-beam made of a polycrystalline linear anisotropic material is described. At the lower scale, we model the micro-structure with micro-volume elements. Due to the small-scale involved, the representativity of these micro-volume elements is not achieved and thus Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) are considered. These SVEs are generated under the form of a Voronoï tessellation, each grain being assigned a random orientation. Computational homogenization is applied over the SVEs, along with a Monte-Carlo procedure, to obtain a stochastic characterization of the elasticity tensor at the second scale of interest, the meso-scale. The spatial correlation between SVEs is also estimated. A generator based on spectral methods is implemented. Afterwards, using a stochastic finite element method, these meso-scale uncertainties are propagated by taking account of the spatial correlation up to the higher scale to predict the probabilistic behavior of the MEMS resonator. [less ▲]

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See detailPropagation of uncertainties using probabilistic multi-scale models
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

Conference (2015, February 25)

When applying a multiscale approach, the material behavior at the macro-scale can be obtained from an homogenization scheme. To this end, at each integration-point of the macro-structure, the macrostress ... [more ▼]

When applying a multiscale approach, the material behavior at the macro-scale can be obtained from an homogenization scheme. To this end, at each integration-point of the macro-structure, the macrostress tensor is related to the macro-strain tensor through 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. When considering structures of reduced sizes, such as micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), as the size of the devices is only one or two orders of magnitude higher than the size of their microstructure, i.e. their grain size, the structural properties exhibit a scatter at the macro-scale. The representativity of the micro-scale volume element is lost and Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) should be considered in order to account for the micro-structural uncertainties. These uncertainties should then be propagated to the macro-scale in order to predict the device properties in a probabilistic way. In this work we propose a non-deterministic multi-scale approach [1] for poly-silicon MEMS resonators. A set of SVEs is first generated under the form of Voronoi tessellations with a random orientation assigned for each silicon grain of each SVE. The resolution of each micro-scale boundary problem is performed by recourse to the computational homogenization framework, e.g. [2], leading to meso-scale material properties under the form of a linear material tensor for each SVE. Applying a Monte-Carlo procedure allows a distribution of this material tensor to be determined at the meso-scale. The correlation between the meso-scale material tensors of two SVEs separated by a given distance can also be evaluated. A generator of the meso-scale material tensor is then implemented using the spectral method [3]. The generator [1] accounts for a lower bound [4] of the meso-scale material tensor in order to ensure the existence of the second-order moment of the Frobenius norm of the tensor inverse [5]. A macro-scale finite element model of the beam resonator can now be achieved using regular finite-element, i.e. not conforming with the grains, and the material tensor at each Gauss point is obtained using the meso-scale generator, which accounts for the spatial correlation. A Monte-Carlo method is then used at the macro-scale to predict the probabilistic behavior of the MEMS resonator. As an example the beam resonator illustrated in Fig. 1(a) is made of poly-silicon, and each grain has a random orientation. Solving the problem with a full direct numerical simulation combined to a Monte-Carlo method allows the probability density function to be computed as illustrated in Fig. 1(b). However this methodology is computationally expensive due to the number of degrees of freedom required to study one sample. The proposed non-deterministic multi-scale strategy allows reducing this computational cost as the Monte-Carlo processes are applied on much smaller finite-element models. The method can also be applied in the context of fracture of thin poly-silicon film [6]. In this case, a set of meso-scopic cohesive laws can be obtained at the meso-scale from the resolution of different SVEs. The meso-scopic cohesive laws are obtained for each RVE from the finite element resolution of the Voronoi tessellations using the method proposed in [7]. The resulting statistical values for the critical energy release rate and for the critical strength can then be used for macro-scale simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale modelling framework for the fracture of thin brittle polycrystalline films - Application to polysilicon
Mulay, Shantanu; Becker, Gauthier ULg; Vayrette, Renaud et al

in Computational Mechanics (2015), 55(1), 73-91

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of polycrystalline silicon are widely used in several engineering fields. The fracture properties of polycrystalline silicon directly affect their reliability ... [more ▼]

Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) made of polycrystalline silicon are widely used in several engineering fields. The fracture properties of polycrystalline silicon directly affect their reliability. The effect of the orientation of grains on the fracture behaviour of polycrystalline silicon is investigated out of the several factors. This is achieved, firstly, by identifying the statistical variation of the fracture strength and critical strain energy release rate, at the nanoscopic scale, over a thin freestanding polycrystalline silicon film, having mesoscopic scale dimensions. The fracture stress and strain at the mesoscopic level are found to be closely matching with uniaxial tension experimental results. Secondly, the polycrystalline silicon film is considered at the continuum MEMS scale, and its fracture behaviour is studied by incorporating the nanoscopic scale effect of grain orientation. The entire modelling and simulation of the thin film is achieved by combining the discontinuous Galerkin method and extrinsic cohesive law describing the fracture process. [less ▲]

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See detailElastic damage to crack transition in a coupled non-local implicit discontinuous Galerkin/extrinsic cohesive law framework
Wu, Ling ULg; Becker, Gauthier ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2014), 279

One current challenge related to computational fracture mechanics is the modeling of ductile fracture and in particular the damage to crack transition. On the one hand, continuum damage models, especially ... [more ▼]

One current challenge related to computational fracture mechanics is the modeling of ductile fracture and in particular the damage to crack transition. On the one hand, continuum damage models, especially in their non-local formulation which avoids the loss of solution uniqueness, can capture the material degradation process up to the localization of the damage, but are unable to represent a discontinuity in the structure. On the other hand cohesive zone methods can represent the process zone at the crack tip governing the crack propagation, but cannot account for the diffuse material damaging process. In this paper we propose to combine, in a small deformations setting, a non-local elastic damage model with a cohesive zone model. This combination is formulated within a discontinuous Galerkin nite element discretization. Indeed this DG weak formulation can easily be developed in a non-local implicit form and naturally embeds interface elements that can be used to integrate the traction separation law of the cohesive zone model. The method remains thus consistent and computationally e cient as compared to other cohesive element approaches. The effects of the damage to crack transition and of the mesh discretization are respectively studied on the compact tension specimen and on the double-notched specimen, demonstrating the efficiency and accuracy of the method. [less ▲]

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See detailComputational homogenization of cellular materials with propagation of instabilities through the scales
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Noels, Ludovic ULg

Conference (2014, August 29)

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient multi–scale finite element framework to capture the buckling instabilities in cellular materials. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to develop an efficient multi–scale finite element framework to capture the buckling instabilities in cellular materials. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization scheme looses accuracy with the apparition of the macroscopic localizations resulting from the micro–buckling, the second–order multi–scale computational homogenization scheme1 is considered. This second–order computational framework is herein enhanced with the following novelties so that it can be used for cellular materials. First, at the microscopic scale, the periodic boundary condition is used because of its efficiency. As the meshes generated from cellular materials exhibit a large void part on the boundaries and are not conforming in general, the classical enforcement based on the matching nodes cannot be applied. A new method based on the polynomial interpolation2 without the requirement of the matching mesh condition on opposite boundaries of the representative volume element (RVE) is developed. Next, in order to solve the underlying macroscopic Mindlin strain gradient continuum of this second–order scheme by the displacement–based finite element framework, the treatment of high order terms is based on the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method to weakly impose the C1-continuity3. Finally, as the instability phenomena are considered at both scales of the cellular materials, the path following technique is adopted to solve both the macroscopic and microscopic problems4. The micro–buckling leading to the macroscopic localization and the size effect phenomena can be captured within the proposed framework. In particular it is shown that results are not dependent on the mesh size at the macroscopic scale during the softening response, and that they agree well with the direct numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of meso-scale mechanical properties of poly-silicon materials
Lucas, Vincent ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg et al

Conference (2014, August 27)

The miniature sizes of micro–electro–mechanical systems (MEMS) as well as the nature of their manufacturing processes, such as etching, material layer deposition, or embossing, are responsible for the ... [more ▼]

The miniature sizes of micro–electro–mechanical systems (MEMS) as well as the nature of their manufacturing processes, such as etching, material layer deposition, or embossing, are responsible for the existence of a scatter in the final dimensions, material properties ... of manufactured micro–sensors. This scatter is potentially threatening the behavior and reliability of samples from a batch fabrication process, motivating the development of non-deterministic computational approaches to predict the MEMS properties. In this work we extract the meso-scale properties of the poly-silicon material under the form of a probabilistic distribution. To this end, Statistical Volume Elements (SVE) of the micro-structure are generated under the form of a Voronoï tessellation with a random orientation for each silicon grain. Hence, a Monte-Carlo procedure combined with a homogenization technique allows a distribution of the material tensor at the meso-scale to be estimated. As the finite element method is used to discretize the SVE and to solve the micro-scale boundary value problem, the homogenization technique used to extract the material tensor relies on the computational homogenization theory. In a future work, we will investigate, in the context of MEMS vibrometers, the propagation to the macro–scale of the meso-scale distribution of the homogenized elasticity tensor, with the final aim of predicting the uncertainty on their resonance frequencies. [less ▲]

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See detailStreamable Laguerre-Voronoi Tessellation Model for Tomographic Images
Leblanc, Christophe ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Wan, Fangyi et al

Conference (2014, July 25)

Introduction. Nowadays, the interest in foam materials is growing in several engineering fields [1]. Foams can exhibit a nonlinear mechanical behavior [2], which is highly depen- dent on their ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Nowadays, the interest in foam materials is growing in several engineering fields [1]. Foams can exhibit a nonlinear mechanical behavior [2], which is highly depen- dent on their microstructure [3]. Thus designing foams with specific mechanical properties can be very challenging. The present contribution is part of the ARC-Bridging project [4], whose objective is to predict the mechanical behavior of complex microstructured mate- rials via numerical simulations. A possible classification of foam models into two groups is: random models and deterministic models [5]. The random models frequently require statistical estimations of their parameters [6], whereas the deterministic models generally require numerically expensive image analyse. Indeed, classical analysis steps involve a distance tranform, a watershed and, optionally, a h-minima transform [5, p. 22], which can be computationally demanding [7, 8, 9]. Contribution. In the present Laguerre–Voronoi tessellation model, the image analysis part neither involes the watershed transform, nor the h-minima transform. Instead, fol- lowing the original idea of A.M. Lopez-Reina et E. Béchet [10], these two transforms are respectively replaced by a Hessian-based removal of spurious extrema and a clustering of the remaining maxima. This substitution allows the processing of large 3D-images by slices, i.e. “streaming”. The only limitation is enforced by the distance transform: the “feature” voxel of a given voxel should belong to the same slice. For foam images, this condition is fulfilled as long as the slice’s thickness is larger than the maximal foam cell’s size. Conclusion and perspectives. The aim of this contribution is to provide an efficient tessellation model for tomographic images of foams. From input tomographic images, this model provides a geometry model which will be used as an input for finite element simulations under the ARC-Briding project [4]. Simulation results will be compared with experimental measures. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale Computational Modeling of Deformation Mechanics andIntergranular Fracture in Nanocrystalline Copper
Péron-Lührs, Vincent ULg; Sansoz, Frédéric; Jérusalem, Antoine et al

in Computational Materials Science (2014), 90

The material description is based on two constitutive elements, the grains (or bulk crystals) and the grainboundaries (GBs), both having their behavior determined atomistically using the quasicontinuum ... [more ▼]

The material description is based on two constitutive elements, the grains (or bulk crystals) and the grainboundaries (GBs), both having their behavior determined atomistically using the quasicontinuum (QC) method by simulating the plastic deformation of [110] tilt crystalline interfaces undergoing simple shear, tension and nano-indentation. Unlike our previous work [V. Péron-Lührs et al., JMPS, 2013] however, the GB thickness is here calibrated in the model, providing more accurate insight into the GB widths according to the interface misorientation angle. In this contribution, the new two-scale model is also validated against fullyatomistic NC simulations tests for two low-angle and high-angle textures and two grain sizes. A simplified strategy aimed at predicting the mechanical behavior of more general textures without the need to run more QC simulations is also proposed, demonstrating significant reduction in computational cost compared to full atomistic simulations. Finally, by studying the response of dogbone samples made of NC copper, we show in this paper that such a two-scale model is able to quantitatively capture the differences in mechanical behavior of NC metals as a function of the texture and grain size, as well as to accurately predict the processes of inter-granular fracture for different GB character distributions. This two-scale method is found to be an effective alternative to other atomistic methods for the prediction of plasticity and fracture in NC materials with a substantial number of 2-D grains such as columnar-grained thin films for micro-scale electro-mechanical devices. [less ▲]

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See detailA probabilistic model of the adhesive contact forces between rough surfaces in the MEMS stiction context
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Arnst, Maarten ULg et al

Conference (2014, June 26)

Stiction is a common failure mechanism in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in which two interacting bodies permanently adhere together. This problem is due to the comparability of adhesive surface ... [more ▼]

Stiction is a common failure mechanism in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) in which two interacting bodies permanently adhere together. This problem is due to the comparability of adhesive surface forces (e.g. Van der Waals forces, capillary forces) and body forces in the MEMS context. To predict the adhesive contact forces coupled with stiction phenomenon, the combination of the Nayak statistical approach with the asperity-based theories is a common solution. However, this method contains some limitations due to the underlying assumptions: infinite size of the interacting rough surfaces and negligibility of asperity interactions. Furthermore, the Nayak solution suffers from a considerable dependency on the choice of the minimum wave length considered in the surface representation, which remains diXcult to select. The main goal of our research is to propose an improved method (i) which accounts for the Vnite size of the interacting surfaces, (ii) accounts for the uncertainties related to these surface topologies, (iii) in which the minimum wave length selection is physically based, and (iv) in which the validity of the asperity-based theories is demonstrated. From the topology measurements of MEMS samples, an analysis of the power spectral density function is carried out to determine the minimum relevant wave length for the problem of interest (here capillary stiction). We also show that at this scale of interest the asperity-based theories remain valid for polysilicon materials. Moreover, instead of considering inVnite surfaces as in the Nayak approach, a set of surfaces, whose sizes are representative of the MEMS structure, is generated based on the approximated power spectral density analysis and using the Monte Carlo method. From this description of the contacting surfaces, the adhesive contact forces can be evaluated by applying the asperity contact theories, leading to a probabilistic distribution of the adhesive contact forces. In addition, as the contact forces are rooted from the micro-scale adhesive forces, while their consequence, stiction, happens at the macro-scale of the considered device, the multi-scale nature of the phenomenon is accounted for. To predict this macro-scale behavior in a probabilistic form, the uncertainty quantiVcation process is coupled with a multiscale analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailMuti-scale methods with strain-softening: damage-enhanced MFH for composite materials and computational homogenization for cellular materials with micro-buckling
Wu, Ling ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Adam, Laurent et al

Conference (2014, June 06)

In this work, multi-scale methods with strain softening are developed in the contexts of damage modeling for composite laminates and of buckling analyses in cellular materials. First, an anisotropic ... [more ▼]

In this work, multi-scale methods with strain softening are developed in the contexts of damage modeling for composite laminates and of buckling analyses in cellular materials. First, an anisotropic gradient–enhanced continuum damage model is 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. Second, an efficient multi–scale finite element framework capturing the buckling instabilities in cellular materials is developed. As a classical multi–scale computational homogenization scheme loses accuracy with the apparition of the macroscopic localizations resulting from the micro–buckling, the second order multi–scale computational homogenization scheme is considered. This second–order computational framework is enhanced with the following novelties so that it can be used for cellular materials. At the microscopic scale, the periodic boundary condition is used because of its efficiency. As the meshes generated from cellular materials exhibit a large void part on the boundaries and are not conforming in general, the classical enforcement based on the matching nodes cannot be applied. A new method based on the polynomial interpolation2 without the requirement of the matching mesh condition on opposite boundaries of the representative volume element (RVE) is developed. Next, in order to solve the underlying macroscopic Mindlin strain gradient continuum of this second–order scheme by the displacement–based finite element framework, the treatment of high order terms is based on the discontinuous Galerkin (DG) method to weakly impose the C1-continuity. Finally, as the instability phenomena are considered at both scales of the cellular materials, the path following technique is adopted to solve both the macroscopic and microscopic problems. [less ▲]

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