A semi-concurrent multiscale approach for modeling damage in nanocomposites

Mohammad Silani, Saeed Ziaei-Rad, Hossein Talebi, Timon Rabczuk

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The paper presents an effective implementation of a semi-concurrent multiscale method in the commercial finite element software package ABAQUS. The method is applied to the pre-localized damage initiation and propagation in the fully exfoliated clay/epoxy nanocomposite. The obtained results of the proposed method is also compared with the hierarchical multiscale approach. This method can be easily used to get a better understanding of damage mechanism in the nanocomposite materials in order to improve the constitutive models and to support the future design of those materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-38
Number of pages9
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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  • Damage mechanics
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Nanocomposites
  • Semi-concurrent multiscale methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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