On the macroscopic response, microstructure evolution, and macroscopic stability of short-fibre-reinforced elastomers at finite strains: I - Analytical results

Reza Avazmohammadi, Pedro Ponte Castañeda

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Abstract

This paper presents a homogenization-based constitutive model for the mechanical behaviour of particle-reinforced elastomers with random microstructures subjected to finite deformations. The model is based on a recently improved version of the tangent second-order (TSO) method (Avazmohammadi and Ponte Castañeda, J. Elasticity 112 (2013) p.139-183) for two-phase, hyperelastic composites and is able to directly account for the shape, orientation, and concentration of the particles. After a brief summary of the TSO homogenization method, we describe its application to composites consisting of an incompressible rubber reinforced by aligned, spheroidal, rigid particles, undergoing generally non-aligned, three-dimensional loadings. While the results are valid for finite particle concentrations, in the dilute limit they can be viewed as providing a generalization of Eshelbys results in linear elasticity. In particular, we provide analytical estimates for the overall response and microstructure evolution of the particle-reinforced composites with generalized neo-Hookean matrix phases under non-aligned loadings. For the special case of aligned pure shear and axisymmetric shear loadings, we give closed-form expressions for the effective stored-energy function of the composites with neo-Hookean matrix behaviour. Moreover, we investigate the possible development of "macroscopic" (shear band-type) instabilities in the homogenized behaviour of the composite at sufficiently large deformations. These instabilities whose wavelengths are much larger than the typical size of the microstructure are detected by making use of the loss of strong ellipticity condition for the effective stored-energy function of the composites. The analytical results presented in this paper will be complemented in Part II (Avazmohammadi and Ponte Castaneda, Phil. Mag. (2014)) of this work by specific applications for several representative microstructures and loading configurations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1067
Number of pages37
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Volume94
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2014

Keywords

  • composite materials
  • homogenization
  • nonlinear elasticity
  • particulate microstructure
  • shear band instabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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