It is known that the presence of microstructures in solids such as joints and interfaces has an essential influence on the studies of the development of advanced materials, rock mechanics, civil engineering, and so on. However, microstructures are often neglected in the classical local (Cauchy) continuum model, resulting in inaccurate descriptions of the behavior of microstructured materials. In this work, in order to show the impact of microstructures, an implicit ‘non-local’ model, i.e., micropolar continuum (Cosserat), is used to numerically investigate the effects of direction and scale of microstructures on the tension problem of a composite plate with a circular hole. The results show that distributions of field variables (such as displacements and stresses) have an obvious directionality with respect to the microstructures’ direction. As the scale of microstructures increases, such a direction effect becomes more evident. Unlike the isotropic material where stress concentration occurs at the vertex of the hole and the stress concentration factor is close to 3, for the microstructured composite, the stress concentration can be observed at any location depending on the microstructures’ directions, and the concentration factor can exceed 3 to a maximum close to 9 as the increasing scale of microstructures. In addition, differences in the mechanical behavior between Cosserat and Cauchy models can be also observed; such differences are more evident for the material showing a pronounced orthotropic nature.

Stress Field Evaluation in Orthotropic Microstructured Composites with Holes as Cosserat Continuum

Trovalusci, Patrizia;
2022

Abstract

It is known that the presence of microstructures in solids such as joints and interfaces has an essential influence on the studies of the development of advanced materials, rock mechanics, civil engineering, and so on. However, microstructures are often neglected in the classical local (Cauchy) continuum model, resulting in inaccurate descriptions of the behavior of microstructured materials. In this work, in order to show the impact of microstructures, an implicit ‘non-local’ model, i.e., micropolar continuum (Cosserat), is used to numerically investigate the effects of direction and scale of microstructures on the tension problem of a composite plate with a circular hole. The results show that distributions of field variables (such as displacements and stresses) have an obvious directionality with respect to the microstructures’ direction. As the scale of microstructures increases, such a direction effect becomes more evident. Unlike the isotropic material where stress concentration occurs at the vertex of the hole and the stress concentration factor is close to 3, for the microstructured composite, the stress concentration can be observed at any location depending on the microstructures’ directions, and the concentration factor can exceed 3 to a maximum close to 9 as the increasing scale of microstructures. In addition, differences in the mechanical behavior between Cosserat and Cauchy models can be also observed; such differences are more evident for the material showing a pronounced orthotropic nature.
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