The present paper deals with the homogenization problem of periodic composite materials, considering a Cosserat continuum at the macro-level and a Cauchy continuum at the micro-level. Consistently with the strain-driven approach, the two levels are linked by a kinematic map based on a third order polynomial expansion. Because of the assumed regular texture of the composite material, a Unit Cell (UC) is selected; then, the problem of determining the displacement perturbation fields, arising when second or third order polynomial boundary conditions are imposed on the UC, is investigated. A new micromechanical approach, based on the decomposition of the perturbation fields in terms of functions which depend on the macroscopic strain components, is proposed. The identification of the linear elastic 2D Cosserat constitutive parameters is performed, by using the Hill–Mandel technique, based on the macrohomogeneity condition. The influence of the selection of the UC is analyzed and some critical issues are outlined. Numerical examples for a specific composite with cubic symmetry are shown. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

A micromechanical approach for the Cosserat modeling of composites

De Bellis M. L.;
2016

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The present paper deals with the homogenization problem of periodic composite materials, considering a Cosserat continuum at the macro-level and a Cauchy continuum at the micro-level. Consistently with the strain-driven approach, the two levels are linked by a kinematic map based on a third order polynomial expansion. Because of the assumed regular texture of the composite material, a Unit Cell (UC) is selected; then, the problem of determining the displacement perturbation fields, arising when second or third order polynomial boundary conditions are imposed on the UC, is investigated. A new micromechanical approach, based on the decomposition of the perturbation fields in terms of functions which depend on the macroscopic strain components, is proposed. The identification of the linear elastic 2D Cosserat constitutive parameters is performed, by using the Hill–Mandel technique, based on the macrohomogeneity condition. The influence of the selection of the UC is analyzed and some critical issues are outlined. Numerical examples for a specific composite with cubic symmetry are shown. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
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