Vol. 13, No. 4, 2018

Download this article
Download this article For screen
For printing
Recent Issues

Volume 13
Issue 4, 421–605
Issue 3, 247–419
Issue 2, 141–246
Issue 1, 1–139

Volume 12, 5 issues

Volume 11, 5 issues

Volume 10, 5 issues

Volume 9, 5 issues

Volume 8, 8 issues

Volume 7, 10 issues

Volume 6, 9 issues

Volume 5, 6 issues

Volume 4, 10 issues

Volume 3, 10 issues

Volume 2, 10 issues

Volume 1, 8 issues

The Journal
Subscriptions
Editorial Board
Research Statement
Scientific Advantage
Submission Guidelines
Submission Form
Ethics Statement
Author Index
To Appear
 
ISSN: 1559-3959
Other MSP Journals
Three-dimensional Trefftz computational grains for the micromechanical modeling of heterogeneous media with coated spherical inclusions

Guannan Wang, Leiting Dong, Junbo Wang and Satya N. Atluri

Vol. 13 (2018), No. 4, 505–529
Abstract

Three-dimensional computational grains based on the Trefftz method (TCGs) are developed to directly model the micromechanical behavior of heterogeneous materials with coated spherical inclusions. Each TCG is polyhedral in geometry and contains three phases: an inclusion, the surrounded coating (or interphase) and the matrix. By satisfying the 3D Navier’s equations exactly, the internal displacement and stress fields within the TCGs are expressed in terms of the Papkovich–Neuber (P–N) solutions, in which spherical harmonics are employed to further express the P–N potentials. Further, the Wachspress coordinates are adopted to represent the polyhedral-surface displacements that are considered as nodal shape functions, in order to enforce the compatibility of deformations between two TCGs. Two techniques are developed to derive the local stiffness matrix of the TCGs: one is directly using the multi-field boundary variational principle (MFBVP) while the other is first applying the collocation technique for the continuity conditions within and among the grains and then employing a primal-field boundary variational principle (PFBVP). The local stress distributions at the interfaces between the 3 phases, as well as the effective homogenized material properties generated by the direct micromechanical simulations using the TCGs, are compared to other available analytical and numerical results in the literature, and good agreement is always obtained. The material and geometrical parameters of the coatings/interphases are varied to test their influence on the homogenized and localized responses of the heterogeneous media. Finally, the periodic boundary conditions are applied to the representative volume elements (RVEs) that contain one or more TCGs to model the heterogeneous materials directly.

Keywords
Trefftz computational grains, heterogeneous materials, coated spherical inclusions, Papkovich–Neuber solutions, spherical harmonics, variational principles, collocation technique, periodic boundary conditions
Milestones
Received: 25 March 2018
Revised: 4 July 2018
Accepted: 25 July 2018
Published: 13 December 2018
Authors
Guannan Wang
Center for Advanced Research in the Engineering Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
United States
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
United States
Leiting Dong
School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering
Beihang University
Beijing
China
Junbo Wang
School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering
Beihang University
Beijing
China
Satya N. Atluri
Center for Advanced Research in the Engineering Sciences
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
United States
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
United States