تجزیه و تحلیل حساسیت طراحی برای تانسور الاستیسیته همگن شده از یک پلیمر پر شده با ذرات لاستیک
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|26926||2014||10 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||6338 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Journal of Solids and Structures, Volume 51, Issues 3–4, February 2014, Pages 612–621
The main purpose of this work is the computational simulation of the sensitivity coefficients of the homogenized tensor for a polymer filled with rubber particles with respect to the material parameters of the constituents. The Representative Volume Element (RVE) of this composite contains a single spherical particle, and the composite components are treated as homogeneous isotropic media, resulting in an isotropic effective homogenized material. The sensitivity analysis presented in this paper is performed via the provided semi-analytical technique using the commercial FEM code ABAQUS and the symbolic computation package MAPLE. The analytical method applied for comparison uses the additional algebraic formulas derived for the homogenized tensor for a medium filled with spherical inclusions, while the FEM-based technique employs the polynomial response functions recovered from the Weighted Least-Squares Method. The homogenization technique consists of equating the strain energies for the real composite and the artificial isotropic material characterized by the effective elasticity tensor. The homogenization problem is solved using ABAQUS by the application of uniform deformations on specific outer surfaces of the composite RVE and the use of tetrahedral finite elements C3D4. The energy approach will allow for the future application of more realistic constitutive models of rubber-filled polymers such as that of Mullins and for RVEs of larger size that contain an agglomeration of rubber particles.
A homogenization method has been developed for the prediction of the elastic properties of polycrystals on the basis of the properties of a single crystal, and it is a relatively old idea (Kröner, 1958); some works by Voigt recalled in this study date from the end of the XIXth century. This technique has been used successfully for the prediction of the effective properties of composites consisting of reinforcing particles and fibers (Christensen, 1979) using some upper and lower bounds or direct approximations, and it has also been used for electric, thermal and magnetic fields (Milton, 2002). In the present day, we solve homogenization problems using various computational implementations of the Finite Element Method (FEM) to solve exemplary problems for the Representative Volume Element (RVE) of the entire heterogeneous structure to predict its equivalent physical properties. There are essentially two different ways, at least in the micromechanics of heterogeneous media, to accomplish this goal. The first one is based on the periodicity assumption, wherein the effective properties are calculated using some geometrical expansion procedure (Bensoussan et al., 1978, Kalamkarov and Kolpakov, 1997, Kamiński, 2005 and Sanchez-Palencia, 1980), while the second approach relies on determining the strain energy caused by applying uniform strain fields to the RVE (and does not demand any periodicity conditions) (Kushnevsky et al., 1998). However, applications of the homogenization method today extend far beyond the micromechanics of composites and also address nanocrystalline structures (El-Khoury et al., 2011 and Gürses and El Sayed, 2011), nonlinear constitutive relations for polycrystals (Sundararaghavan and Zabaras, 2006) and even certain contact problems (Belgith et al., 2010). Sensitivity analysis itself (Frank, 1978, Haug et al., 1986 and Kleiber et al., 1997) and its relation to the homogenized characteristics of composites is also not a new theoretical problem (Fish and Ghouali, 2001 and Kamiński, 2003). This relation is addressed in classical sensitivity analysis methods such as the Finite Difference Method (FDM) (Kamiński, 2003), the Direct Differentiation Method (DDM) and the Adjoint Variable Method (AVM). It is applied to calculate the sensitivity coefficients of effective tensors with respect to the properties of the original components (Noor and Shah, 1993 and Kamiński, 2005), for certain topologies (Hassani and Hinton, 1998 and de Kruijf et al., 2007) or for shape optimization (Rohan and Miara, 2006), and it is also related to the understanding of composites with uncertainties (Kamiński, 2009 and Arwade and Deodatis, 2011). This particular research area is still attracting much attention, and there are plenty of recent results focused on computational issues (Davis and Singler, 2011 and Kowalczyk, 2012), the scale-coupling effect (Unger and Könke, 2008), thermo-electro-magnetic applications (Choi and Yoo, 2008 and Zhou and Li, 2008) and nanostructures (Benai and Wenig, 2009), but the well-established methods are still being applied and revisited (Neto et al., 2010 and Yu et al., 2012). Considering the above discussion, the main issue in this paper is the computational investigation of the sensitivity coefficients of the energy under uniform strain of the RVE and the investigation of the resulting homogenized tensor with respect to the elastic parameters of its components. Although the 3D FEM analysis is demonstrated for a composite filled with a certain type of particle, the methodology is also valid for composites reinforced with short or long fibers. Similar studies have been conducted previously (Yanase and Ju, 2012) but only for composites reinforced, rather than filled, with particles (Burr and Monnerie, 2000); in this case, of course, the matrix has a smaller Young modulus and usually a larger Poisson ratio. The method of determining the sensitivity coefficients remains the same as for particle-reinforced composites, but it may yield quite different qualitative results. The sensitivity analysis, however, is performed in a non-traditional way, using the so-called response polynomial functions that relate all the components of the effective elasticity tensor to the base material parameters of the composite components, which are all determined in a semi-analytical manner (the so-called Response Function Method, or RFM). First, these response functions are created using several solutions of the RVE problem with the design parameters fluctuating around their average values and using the classical Weighted version of the Least-Squares Method (WLSM) (Kamiński, 2013). This method is implemented in the symbolic computer program MAPLE, v. 14, to recover the unknown coefficients of such a polynomial form. Then, we use analytical differentiation to calculate the sensitivity coefficients of the homogenized tensor, and furthermore, these coefficients are derived as functions of the input design parameters in the close neighborhood of their mean values and also with respect to the order of the approximating polynomial. This approach provides an effective means for the engineering optimization of such a composition of matrix and filler, where there is still some opportunity to modify the elastic properties of the components within certain intervals during the manufacturing process. Numerical experiments are performed on a very dense mesh to eliminate the mesh sensitivity of the coefficients being determined and also using tetrahedral finite elements in the commercial program ABAQUS, wherein a detailed verification of the interface continuity was performed to include some 3D discontinuities in future extensions of this model (Yanase and Ju, 2012). Such a detailed FEM discretization eliminates the necessity for any mesh adaptation procedures, but for future applications, some adaptation to optimize the mesh would be advised. The benefit of this fine mesh and, at the same time, the positive verification of the method is the perfect agreement of the resulting homogenized characteristics with these that are analytically obtained by following the Eshelby model (Christensen, 1979) and based only on the volume fractions; this situation might change if the spherical particle shape were to be replaced with an ellipsoidal one, for example. It should be emphasized that the overall computational effort requires n times the effort of the deterministic solution to the RVE problem, where n is the total number of trial points necessary to build up the response functions View the MathML sourceCijkl(eff)=Cijkl(eff)(h) (four different sets of responses associated with all the input design parameters and three responses for each of these components individually). The first part is performed entirely using the FEA system ABAQUS, while the approximation is performed using the MAPLE system. Further numerical processing of these response functions during the analytical computation of both first- and second-order coefficients is very rapid, while the use of Central Finite Difference algorithms usually doubles the time consumption of the entire solution.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The presented computational technique has been verified to be very efficient in providing a homogenization of the considered composite type and in determining the sensitivity coefficients for the effective tensor with respect to the elastic parameters of the components. A very important finding is that the boundary conditions applied in this approach are insensitive to the material parameters of the composite constituents (in contrast to the approach explored by Kamiński, 2003, Kamiński, 2005 and Kamiński, 2009), which eliminates the material characteristics from the right-hand-side vector in the numerical model and simplifies the final solution. This feature will be of paramount importance in further probabilistic analysis using this method, as the boundary conditions will remain deterministic, while the strain energy and the initial and homogenized elastic (or even inelastic) material parameters could be random (or stochastic). As was previously emphasized, the Response Function Method may be applicable to determine the coefficients of the state functions for both homogeneous and heterogeneous media, such as nodal displacements or the temperatures for heat-transfer analysis. For such applications, the response functions must be recovered using a local approach – for any discrete point of interest for a given computational domain. 2. The performed numerical analysis demonstrates that the Poisson ratio of the matrix appears to be the crucial factor for the first two components of the effective elasticity tensor. The effective tensor components exhibit a slightly smaller sensitivity to the Young modulus of the matrix. Furthermore, we observe that the coefficients computed with respect to the Poisson ratio of the particle are many times smaller than those computed with respect to the parameters of the matrix, while the Young modulus of this particle is shown to be entirely non-influential on these two components. A slightly different situation manifests in the case of View the MathML sourceC1212(eff), for which the Young modulus of the matrix dominates, and the sensitivity coefficients with respect to the Poisson ratio of this constituent can even be negative (the larger the given input parameter is, the smaller are the effective characteristics). The material characteristics of the filler particle exert essentially no influence on this last component of the homogenized tensor. The next general conclusion that can be drawn on the basis of the quantitative results is that first-order approximating polynomials cannot be recommended in any case for the reliable determination of the sensitivity coefficients using this method (on average, the fourth order appears to be the most optimal). Usually, faster convergence of the results is achieved as the order of the polynomial increases, but some accidental inaccuracies may occur at certain orders (lower or higher). Therefore, one can test the few approximations of various orders and identify the dominating tendency apparent in the prevailing group of coefficients. 3. From an engineering point of view, it would be valuable to apply the developed numerical methodology to the computational approximation of the response functions of the homogenized characteristics with respect to the volume ratio of the filler; such a study would enable the more rational design of the rubber-filler fraction throughout the entire elastomer volume. It is necessary to emphasize that this study is a preliminary introduction to further nonlinear sensitivity analysis, which may consider the constitutive relation with the Mullins effect (Miehe et al., 2011) and the plastic yielding of a matrix (Gehant et al., 2003) as well as probabilistic simulations of analogous composites that exhibit some randomness in their base material parameters (Kamiński, 2003 and Kamiński, 2009). In such a situation, the effective tensor components and their coefficients should be determined for each discrete point of the given hysteresis. It will be necessary to check whether the polynomial response function is the best approximation option to model the relation between the effective tensors and the base material parameters of the composite constituents. Some other popular approximations using exponential, harmonic or hyperbolic analytical functions with unknown coefficients may have significant importance for probabilistic modeling based on the Response Function Method (Kamiński, 2009).