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Multiphase continuum models for fiber-reinforced materials

Jeremy Bleyer


This contribution addresses the formulation of a generalized continuum model called multi-phase model aimed at describing more accurately the mechanical behavior of fiber-reinforced materials. Improving on the classical macroscopic description of heterogeneous materials by an effective homogeneous Cauchy medium, such models rely on the superposition of several continua (or phases) possessing their own kinematics at the macroscopic level and being in mutual interaction (in the same spirit of deformable porous media). Up to now, they have only been formulated based on phenomenological assumptions and the identification of the corresponding constitutive parameters remained unclear. The aim of this paper is threefold. First, a homogenization procedure is described, enabling to derive constitutive parameters from the resolution of a generalized auxiliary problem on a classical heterogeneous microstructure. Second, analytical and numerical derivation of these properties is performed in various cases. Finally, illustrative applications on boundary-value problems assess the validity of the homogenization procedure and illustrate the relevance of such generalized models which are able to capture scale effects and to model crack bridging and delaminated configurations at the macroscopic level. It is also shown to encompass results of shear-lag models for analyzing stress transfers in fiber/matrix composites.
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hal-01849299 , version 1 (25-07-2018)



Jeremy Bleyer. Multiphase continuum models for fiber-reinforced materials. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 2018, ⟨10.1016/j.jmps.2018.07.018⟩. ⟨hal-01849299⟩
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