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Title:Scale-Dependent Homogenization and Scaling Laws in Random Polycrystals
Author(s):Ranganathan, Shivakumar I.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ostoja-Starzewski, Martin
Department / Program:Mechanical Engineering
Discipline:Mechanical Engineering
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Applied Mechanics
Abstract:The framework of stochastic mechanics is employed to obtain scale-dependent bounds on the response of multifarious random polycrystals. In doing so, one infers the approach to the Representative Volume Element (RVE), the cornerstone of the separation of scales in continuum mechanics. The RVE is approached by setting up and solving stochastic Dirichlet and Neumann boundary value problems consistent with the Hill(-Mandel) macrohomogeneity condition. Further, the concept of a scaling function is introduced to establish unifying scaling laws. It turns out that the scaling function depends on a mesoscale (scale of observation relative to grain size) and an appropriate universal anisotropy index quantifying the single crystal anisotropy. Based on the scaling function, a material selection diagram is constructed that clearly separates the microscale from the macroscale. Using such a diagram, one can determine the size of RVE for a whole range of polycrystals made of various crystal classes. Application problems include the scaling of the fourth-rank elasticity and the second-rank thermal conductivity tensors.
Issue Date:2008
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:83 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/83921
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3347501
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2008


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