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Acta Mechanica

, Volume 197, Issue 1, pp 63-96

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The Composite Eshelby Tensors and their applications to homogenization

  • R. A. SauerAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California
  • , G. WangAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California
  • , S. LiAffiliated withDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Email author 

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Summary

In recent studies, the exact solutions of the Eshelby tensors for a spherical inclusion in a finite, spherical domain have been obtained for both the Dirichlet- and Neumann boundary value problems, and they have been further applied to the homogenization of composite materials [15], [16]. The present work is an extension to a more general boundary condition, which allows for the continuity of both the displacement and traction field across the interface between RVE (representative volume element) and surrounding composite. A new class of Eshelby tensors is obtained, which depend explicitly on the material properties of the composite, and are therefore termed “the Composite Eshelby Tensors”. These include the Dirichlet- and the Neumann-Eshelby tensors as special cases. We apply the new Eshelby tensors to the homogenization of composite materials, and it is shown that several classical homogenization methods can be unified under a novel method termed the “Dual Eigenstrain Method”. We further propose a modified Hashin-Shtrikman variational principle, and show that the corresponding modified Hashin-Shtrikman bounds, like the Composite Eshelby Tensors, depend explicitly on the composite properties.