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Title:Mesoscale random fields of stiffness for in-plane elasticity
Author(s):Sena, Michael
Advisor(s):Ostoja-Starzewski, Martin
Department / Program:Mechanical Sci & Engineering
Discipline:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):random media
heterogeneous materials
random fields
effective properties
elastic modulus
stochastic finite elements
statistical volume element
multiscale methods
Abstract:Unique effective material properties are not possible for random heterogeneous materials at intermediate length scales, which is to say at some mesoscale above the microscale yet prior to the attainment of the representative volume element (RVE). Focusing on elastic moduli in particular, a micromechanical analysis based on the Hill-Mandel condition leads to the conclusion that two fields, stiffness and compliance, are required to bound the response of the material. Continuing the work of M. Ostoja-Starzewski, in this thesis we analyze variations of a random planar material with a two-phase microstructure. We employ micromechanics, in what can be viewed as a smoothing procedure using the concept of a mesoscale ``window'', and random field theory to compute the correlation structure of 4th-rank tensor fields of stiffness and compliance for a given mesoscale. Results are presented for various correlation distances, volume fractions, and contrasts in stiffness between phases. The main contribution of this research is to provide the data for developing analytical correlation functions, which can then be used at any mesoscale to generate stochastic finite elements (SFE) with an authentic micromechanical-basis.
Issue Date:2012-05-22
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Michael P. Sena
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-05-22
Date Deposited:2012-05

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