Homogenization accounting for size effects in particulate composites due to general interfaces
Embargo Lift Date: 2021-12-01
Mechanics of Materials
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Two analytical approaches are developed to determine the overall size-dependent response of composites embedding general interfaces. The first approach extends the composite sphere assemblage (CSA) approach and the generalized self-consistent method (GSCM) to account for the general interface model resulting in new bounds and estimates on the macroscopic properties of particulate composites. In the second approach, we develop an interface-enhanced Mori–Tanaka method that not only determines the effective properties but also provides the state of the stress and strain in each phase of the medium. The general interface model captures both elastic and cohesive interface models. Computational analysis is carried out using the finite element method to verify the analytical results. A remarkable agreement between the proposed analytical solutions and the computational results is obtained. A thorough parametric study is carried out to shed light on the role of the general interfaces in the overall behavior of composites. Motivated by the numerical and analytical findings, the material behavior is found to be bounded. Thus, two notions of ultimate bounds and size-dependent bounds are introduced and discussed.