REVIEW ARTICLES: Elastic Microstructures

Macroscopic Behavior of Random Media From the Microstructure

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S. Torquato

Princeton Materials Institute and Department of Civil Engineering and Operations Research, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544

Appl. Mech. Rev 47(1S), S29-S37 (Jan 01, 1994) doi:10.1115/1.3122818 History: Online April 29, 2009


Recent progress that we have made on the problem of determining the macroscopic properties of random heterogeneous media from the microstructure is reviewed. A variety of different effective properties are considered, including the effective thermal (or electrical) conductivity and elastic moduli of composites, fluid permeability of porous media, and effective time scales associated with diffusion and reaction among traps. A unified approach to treat these seemingly disparate problems is emphasized.

Copyright © 1994 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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