An embedding method for modeling micromechanical behavior and macroscopic properties of composite materials

J. Wang, S. G. Mogilevskaya, S. L. Crouch

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This paper presents a numerical method for modeling the micromechanical behavior and macroscopic properties of fiber-reinforced composites and perforated materials. The material is modeled by a finite rectangular domain containing multiple circular holes and elastic inclusions. The rectangular domain is assumed to be embedded within a larger circular domain with fictitious boundary loading represented by truncated Fourier series. The analytical solution for the complementary problem of a circular domain containing holes and inclusions is obtained by using a combination of the series expansion technique with a direct boundary integral method. The boundary conditions on the physical external boundary are satisfied by adopting an overspecification technique based on a least squares approximation. All of the integrals arising in the method can be evaluated analytically. As a result, the elastic fields and effective properties can be expressed explicitly in terms of the coefficients in the series expansions. Several numerical experiments are conducted to verify the accuracy and efficiency of the numerical method and to demonstrate its application in determination of the macroscopic properties of composite materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4588-4612
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number16-17
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005


  • Direct boundary integral method
  • Effective properties
  • Embedding method
  • Fiber-reinforced composites
  • Fourier series
  • Least squares
  • Perforated materials


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