The analysis of localized effects in composites with periodic microstructure

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Several methods for the analysis of composite materials with periodic microstructure in which localized effects (such as concentrated loads, cracks and stationary/progressive damage) occur are presented. Owing to the loss of periodicity caused by these localized effects, it is no longer possible to identify and analyse a repeating unit cell that characterizes the periodic composite. For elastostatic problems, these methods are based on the combination of the representative cell method (RCM), the higher-order theory for functionally graded materials and often the high-fidelity generalized method of cells (HFGMC)micromechanical model. For elastodynamic problems, the combination of the dynamic RCM with a theory for wave propagation in heterogeneous media is used for the prediction of the time-dependent response of the periodic composite with localized effects. In the framework of the RCM, the problem for a periodic composite that is discretized into numerous identical cells is reduced to a problem of a single cell in the discrete Fourier transform domain. In the framework of the higher-order theory and the theory of wave propagation in composites, the resulting governing equations and interfacial conditions in the transform domain are solved by dividing the single cell into subcells and imposing the latter in an average (integral) sense. The HFGMC is often used for the prediction of the proper far-field boundary conditions based on the response of the unperturbed composite. The inverse of the Fourier transform provides the real elastic field at any point of a composite with localized effects. This research summarizes a series of investigations for the prediction of the behaviour of periodic composites with localized loading, fibre loss, damage and cracks subjected to static and dynamic loadings under isothermal and full thermomechanical coupling conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20120373
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Issue number1993
StatePublished - 28 Jun 2013


  • High-fidelity generalized method of cells
  • Higher-order theory
  • Localized effects
  • Representative cell method
  • Wave propagation in composites


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