Stochastic modeling of heterogeneous materials - A process for the analysis and evaluation of alternative formulations

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Abstract

The paper addresses the problem of understanding and modeling the constitutive behavior of complex, heterogeneous solid materials. Several issues in the area of stochastic material modeling remain open, thus a process for the analysis of different formulations is proposed and examined in detail. Using the proposed process, it is shown that a number of basic models are stochastically similar to each other. Furthermore, often, small apparently unimportant changes in a formulation may result in significant changes in the predicted response. For some formulations, inequalities are established that when satisfied it is guaranteed that the entropy of a structure/system cannot decrease. Attention is given to stochastic formulations within the context of non-local theories because such formulations provide new information to the subject of localization of deformation and fracture toughness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-175
Number of pages11
JournalMechanics of Materials
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1998

Keywords

  • Damage
  • Elasticity
  • Non-local theories
  • Plasticity
  • Random fields
  • Stochastic material modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanics of Materials

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