Continuum Mesomechanical Finite Element Modeling in Materials Development: A State-of-the-Art Review

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Leon L. Mishnaevsky, Siegfried Schmauder

Staatliche Materialprüfungsanstalt (MPA), University of Stuttgart, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany

Appl. Mech. Rev 54(1), 49-67 (Jan 01, 2001) (19 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3097288 History: Online April 07, 2009


Advanced finite element techniques for the simulation of materials behavior under mechanical loading are reviewed. Advantages, limitations and perspectives of different approaches are analyzed for the simulation of deformation, damage and fracture of materials taking into account their micro- and mesostructure. Development of simulation methods for different aspects of materials behavior (such as the unit cell approach, real structure simulation, cohesive zone model, etc) is described including the simple versions of the methods as well as the advanced, highly efficient models. Possibilities of using the finite element method in the development of new materials are analyzed. This review article contains 131 references.

Copyright © 2001 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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