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A Variational Asymptotic Model for Predicting Initial Yielding Surface and Elastoplastic Behavior of Metal Matrix Composite Materials

[+] Author Affiliations
Tian Tang, Wenbin Yu

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Paper No. IMECE2007-43285, pp. 95-103; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 12: New Developments in Simulation Methods and Software for Engineering Applications
  • Seattle, Washington, USA, November 11–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4306-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3812-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The focus of this paper is to develop a micromechanics model based on the variational asymptotic method for unit cell homogenization (VAMUCH) for predicting of the initial yielding surface, overall instantaneous moduli, and elastoplastic behavior of metal matrix composites. Considering the size of the microstructure as a small parameter, we can formulate a variational statement of the unit cell through an asymptotic expansion of the energy functional. To handle realistic microstructures, we implement this new model using the finite element method. For model validation, we used a few examples to demonstrate the application and accuracy of this theory and the companion code.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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