Title

Assessment of the local stress state through macroscopic variables

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

5-15-2003

Abstract

Macroscopic quantities beyond effective elastic tensors are presented that can be used to assess the local state of stress within a composite in the linear elastic regime. These are presented in a general homogenization context. It is shown that the gradient of the effective elastic property can be used to develop a lower bound on the maximum pointwise equivalent stress in the fine-scale limit. Upper bounds are more sensitive and are correlated with the distribution of states of the equivalent stress in the fine-scale limit. The upper bounds are given in terms of the macrostress modulation function. This function gauges the magnitude of the actual stress. For l ≤ p < ∞, upper bounds are found on the limit superior of the sequence of Lp norms of stresses associated with discrete microstructure in the fine-scale limit. Conditions are given for which upper bounds can be found on the limit superior of the sequence of L∞ norms of stresses associated with the discrete microstructure in the fine-scale limit. For microstructure with oscillation on a sufficiently small scale we are able to give pointwise bounds on the actual stress in terms of the macrostress modulation function.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

First Page

921

Last Page

946

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