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Analysis of Particle-Dispersed Composites Accounting Stochastically for Interfacial Damage

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Huajian Chang, Michihiko Nakagaki

Kyushu Institute of Technology, Iizuka, Fukuoka, Japan

Paper No. ICONE10-22017, pp. 453-459; 7 pages
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering
  • 10th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering, Volume 1
  • Arlington, Virginia, USA, April 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3595-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-3589-8
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


More and more composite materials have been being utilized in nuclear facilities. While the external loading applied, the stress in composite is concentrated, which is harmful and may cause interfacial damage. The debonding and sliding at the interface between matrix and particles are the most common phenomena. In this paper, a statistically elastoplastic constitutive model for particle-dispersed composites is developed by accounting stochastically for both interfacial damage and localized plasticity. The effects of damaged interface on the strain field in composite are considered in two ways. First, the damaged interface between the matrix and the particles makes the strain field inside inclusions is different from that of the particles with perfectly bonded interface. Second, it contributes an additional strain, which is due to the displacement jump at the matrix-inclusion interface. This additional is defined as an integration of displacement jumps between the matrix and the particles over their interface. In present paper, the first part is considered by using a modified Eshelby’s S-tensor. After deriving the local relative displacement distributions between matrix and inclusion at the interface, the second contribution of damaged interface to the average strain can be expressed in terms of the corresponding eigen-strain or the uniform external loading, by introducing the damage-relevant tensors, which are transformation tensors and tends to zero if interfacial damage does not take place. Both the tangential and normal discontinuities at the interface are independently modeled. The model uses statistic scheme with distribution functions in the stress/strain space, so that the meso-local effects of plastic deformation, interfacial damage and their interactions are accounted for. In order to verify the feasibility and performance of the proposed constitutive model, numerical calculations are carried out. It is found that the damaged interface conditions of debonding and/or sliding give detrimental effects on the overall properties of composites. Thus, the establishment of the most appropriate model describing properly the meso-local phenomena.

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