The effect of damage due to particle debonding on the constitutive response of highly filled composites is investigated using two multiscale homogenization schemes: one based on a closed-form micromechanics solution, and the other on the finite element implementation of the mathematical theory of homogenization. In both cases, the particle debonding process is modeled using a bilinear cohesive law which relates cohesive tractions to displacement jumps along the particle-matrix interface. The analysis is performed in plane strain with linear kinematics. A detailed comparative assessment between the two homogenization schemes is presented, with emphasis on the effect of volume fraction, particle size and particle-to-particle interaction.
- Damage mechanics
- Particle-reinforced composites
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Mechanics of Materials