Three-dimensional modeling of a two-phase material on the microscopic level

Ewa Anna Soppa, Varvara Romanova

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Abstract

Two dimensional FE simulations (2D) are less time-consuming and less expensive than three dimensional simulations (3D) but they generally do not describe the mechanical behaviour of complex materials adequately. The assumptions of plane strain or plane stress conditions are simplifications, which can lead to unrealistic results. Three dimensional (3D) calculations require a larger number of finite elements for accurate reproduction of the real/complex microstructure. This microstructural information must be available from extensive experiments like computer tomography or serial sections. In this situation, the dimensions of the model measured in terms of microstructural length scale (e.g. inclusion size), especially its thickness is an important point. The thickness of the model should be big enough to get correct results, but a too big thickness enlarges the model unnecessarily. This paper gives a guideline, how to define the minimal dimension of the 3D-model of a particulate reinforced metal matrix composite, which provides correct results concerning local strains.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAES-ATEMA International Conference Series - Advances and Trends in Engineering Materials and their Applications
Pages429-435
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Advances and Trends in Engineering Materials and their Applications, AES-ATEMA'2007 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: 6 Aug 200710 Aug 2007

Other

Other1st International Conference on Advances and Trends in Engineering Materials and their Applications, AES-ATEMA'2007
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period6.8.0710.8.07

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Keywords

  • 3D simulations
  • Finite element method (FEM)
  • Metal matrix composites
  • Microstructure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Science(all)

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Soppa, E. A., & Romanova, V. (2007). Three-dimensional modeling of a two-phase material on the microscopic level. In AES-ATEMA International Conference Series - Advances and Trends in Engineering Materials and their Applications (pp. 429-435)