Reference : Stochastic modelling of clay/epoxy nanocomposites
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Stochastic modelling of clay/epoxy nanocomposites
Silani, Mohammad [> >]
Talebi, Hossein [> >]
Ziaei-Rad, Saeed [> >]
Kerfriden, Pierre [> >]
Bordas, Stéphane mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) > Engineering Research Unit]
Rabczuk, Timon [> >]
Composite Structures
[en] Nanocomposites ; Stochastic methods ; Micromechanics
[en] This paper presents a numerical investigation of the mechanical properties of exfoliated clay/epoxy nanocomposites. The large scatter in the material properties and distribution of the inclusions and matrix is taken into account by introducing an appropriate stochastic damage modelling at the nano scale. Then, the overall properties of the nanocomposite are upscaled using computational homogenisation. Two mechanical properties are investigated: the random distribution of the homogenised Young’s modulus and the overall loss of stiffness observed in the case of extreme loading. The results obtained in the former case are in good agreement with experimental results from the literature. In the second case, we show that exfoliation does not significantly affect the overall strength of the nanocomposite.
EPSRC under grant ‘‘Towards rationalised computational expense for simulating fracture over multiple scales (RationalMSFrac)’’
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