Multiscale modeling of materials by a multifield approach: Microscopic stress and strain distribution in fiber-matrix composites

Vittorio Sansalone, Patrizia Trovalusci, Fabrizio Cleri

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A recently developed multiscale, multifield model is used to study the elastic response of a fiber-reinforced polymer composite material under different loading conditions. The multifield model is based on the theory of microstructured continua, and allows the introduction of microstructural variables (in this case the local microfiber orientation) within a standard continuum model. The numerical solution is implemented in a finite element approach. By simulated loading tests on a model system, we show that the multifield model goes well beyond the conventional anisotropic Cauchy solution, and can effectively incorporate the dependence of the elastic response on (i) an internal length scale, representing the actual fiber length, and (ii) the local fiber orientation. © 2006 Acta Materialia Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3485 - 3492
Number of pages8
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

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