A new homogenization technique, based on the Transformation Field Analysis, able to determine the overall behavior of viscoplastic heterogeneous materials, is proposed. This method is derived developing a variational formulation of the compatibility and evolution equations governing two classical elastic–viscoplastic models, i.e. Perzyna and Perić models. A representation form for the stress field and the plastic multiplier is defined on the representative volume element (RVE) of the composite material, resulting in a significant reduction of the history variables ruling the evolution problem. A numerical procedure is developed integrating the evolution equation by a backward-Euler algorithm and solving the single time step developing a specific form of the predictor corrector technique. The accuracy of the proposed homogenization method is assessed through some numerical examples for elastic–viscoplastic composites. The applications aim to verify the effectiveness of the presented technique in modeling the elastic–viscoplastic composite behavior adopting a reduced number of history variables. The homogenization results are compared with the ones obtained by nonlinear finite element micromechanical analyses.
Homogenization of elastic–viscoplastic composites by the Mixed TFA / Covezzi, F.; de Miranda, S.; Marfia, S.; Sacco, E.. - In: COMPUTER METHODS IN APPLIED MECHANICS AND ENGINEERING. - ISSN 0045-7825. - 318:(2017), pp. 701-723. [10.1016/j.cma.2017.02.009]