Computational Mesomechanics of Composites: Numerical Analysis of the Effect of Microstructures of Composites of Strength and Damage Resistance

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Mechanical properties of composite materials can be improved by tailoring their microstructures. Optimal microstructures of composites, which ensure desired properties of composite materials, can be determined in computational experiments. The subject of this book is the computational analysis of interrelations between mechanical properties (e.g., strength, damage resistance stiffness) and microstructures of composites. The methods of mesomechanics of composites are reviewed, and applied to the modelling of the mechanical behaviour of different groups of composites. Individual chapters are devoted to the computational analysis of the microstructure- mechanical properties relationships of particle reinforced composites, functionally graded and particle clusters reinforced composites, interpenetrating phase and unidirectional fiber reinforced composites, and machining tools materials.

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Leon Mishnaevsky Jr. is a Senior Scientist at the Risų National Laboratory, Denmark. Prior to joining Risų, he worked as a research scientist and later as a Heisenberg Fellow at the University of Stuttgart, and at the Darmstadt University of Technology. He received his hablitation (Dr. habil. degree) in Mechanics from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and his doctorate from the USSR Academy of Sciences. Dr. Mishnaevsky has held visiting professor/visiting scholar positions at M.I.T. and Rutgers (USA), University of Tokyo (Japan) and Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers (France). He has published a book on "Damage and Fracture in Heterogeneous Materials" and over 100 research papers in different areas of computational mechanics of materials, micromechanics and mechanical engineering.

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