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Abstract : This chapter is devoted to the Non-uniform Transformation Field Analysis which is a reduction technique introduced in the realm of Multiscale Problems in Non-linear Solid Mechanics to achieve scale transition for materials exhibing a non-linear behaviour. It is indeed well recognised that the nonlinearity introduces a strong coupling between the problems at different scales which, in full rigor, remain coupled. To avoid the computational cost of the scale coupling, reduced models have been developed. To improve on the predictions of Transformation Field Analysis where the plastic strain field is assumed to be uniform in each domain, the authors Michel and Suquet^18 have proposed another reduced model, called the Non-uniform Transformation Field Analysis, where the plastic strain fields follow shape functions which are not piecewise uniform. The model is presented for individual phases exhibiting an elastoviscoplastic behaviour. A brief account on the reduction technique is given first. Then the time-integration of the model at the level of a macroscopic material point is performed by means of a numerical scheme. This reduced model is applied to structural problems. The implementation of the model in a Finite Element code is discussed. It is shown that the model predicts accurately the effective behaviour of non-linear composite materials with just a few internal variables. Another worth-noting feature of the method is that the local stress and strain fields can be determined simply by postprocessing the output of the structural macroscopic computation performed with the model. The flexibility and accuracy of the method are illustrated by assessing the lifetime of a plate subjected to cyclic four-point bending. Using the distribution in the structure of the energy dissipated locally in the matrix by viscoplasticity as fatigue indicator, the lifetime prediction for the structure is seen to be in good agreement with large-scale computations taking into account all heterogeneities.

Autor: Jean-Claude Michel - Pierre Suquet -



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