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Estimating mechanical properties of bi-continuous two-phase composites for optimised multi-functionality
Author(s): Y. Xia; E. I. Saavedra Flores; H. X. Peng; M. I. Friswell
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Paper Abstract

Composites with multiple (bi-) interpenetrating phases are ideally placed to realise multi-functionality and certain multifunctional and smart materials may be modeled as bi-continuous two-phase composites. This paper estimates the mechanical properties of such materials using finite element analysis and homogenization. The effect of phase volume fraction and contiguity on the properties is investigated for a range of microstructures with triply periodic minimal P interfaces between the two phases. The results show that the properties of the composite depend on not only the overall volume fraction but also the contiguity of the constituent phases.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7978, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2011, 797808 (27 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880395
Show Author Affiliations
Y. Xia, Swansea Univ. (United Kingdom)
E. I. Saavedra Flores, Swansea Univ. (United Kingdom)
H. X. Peng, Univ. of Bristol (United Kingdom)
M. I. Friswell, Swansea Univ. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7978:
Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2011
Zoubeida Ounaies; Stefan S. Seelecke, Editor(s)

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