Image-based multi-scale modelling strategy for complex and heterogeneous porous microstructures by mesh superposition method

Mitsuhiro Kawagai, Atsushi Sando, Naoki Takano

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This study is focused on the multi-scale modelling strategy for complex and heterogeneous microstructures of real materials by automatic image-based modelling and finite element mesh superposition method. The synergetic application of the conventional asymptotic homogenization method and the authors' mesh superposition method has been proposed to obtain the microscopic responses under high gradient of macroscopic fields at the macroscopic crack tip and/or interface, for instance. For complex and random microstructures, automatic image-based voxel meshing by means of x-ray CT is commonly required; however, it cannot always adapt to the mathematical theory of microscopic modelling in the mesh superposition method. Therefore, a modelling technique for mesh refinement is proposed in this paper using additional elements for insulation in consideration of the theoretical background of the mesh superposition method. In this paper, we provide the modelling procedure and its theoretical consideration of mesh refinement for flexible modelling of real materials. To demonstrate the technique, a numerical example of a porous ceramic component with random microstructure and macroscopic crack is illustrated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-69
Number of pages17
JournalModelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Computer Science Applications

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