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A fiber orientation-adapted integration scheme for computing the hyperelastic Tucker average for short fiber reinforced composites

: Goldberg, N.; Ospald, F.; Schneider, M.


Computational mechanics 60 (2017), Nr.4, S.595-611
ISSN: 0178-7675
ISSN: 1432-0924
Fraunhofer ITWM ()

In this article we introduce a fiber orientation-adapted integration scheme for Tucker’s orientation averaging procedure applied to non-linear material laws, based on angular central Gaussian fiber orientation distributions. This method is stable w.r.t. fiber orientations degenerating into planar states and enables the construction of orthotropic hyperelastic energies for truly orthotropic fiber orientation states. We establish a reference scenario for fitting the Tucker average of a transversely isotropic hyperelastic energy, corresponding to a uni-directional fiber orientation, to microstructural simulations, obtained by FFT-based computational homogenization of neo-Hookean constituents. We carefully discuss ideas for accelerating the identification process, leading to a tremendous speed-up compared to a naive approach. The resulting hyperelastic material map turns out to be surprisingly accurate, simple to integrate in commercial finite element codes and fast in its execution. We demonstrate the capabilities of the extracted model by a finite element analysis of a fiber reinforced chain link.