Nonlinear Homogenization and its Applications to Composites, Polycrystals and Smart Materials

Nonlinear Homogenization and its Applications to Composites, Polycrystals and Smart Materials

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Although several books and conference proceedings have already appeared dealing with either the mathematical aspects or applications of homogenization theory, there seems to be no comprehensive volume dealing with both aspects. The present volume is meant to fill this gap, at least partially, and deals with recent developments in nonlinear homogenization emphasizing applications of current interest. It contains thirteen key lectures presented at the NATO Advanced Workshop on Nonlinear Homogenization and Its Applications to Composites, Polycrystals and Smart Materials. The list of thirty one contributed papers is also appended. The key lectures cover both fundamental, mathematical aspects of homogenization, including nonconvex and stochastic problems, as well as several applications in micromechanics, thin films, smart materials, and structural and topology optimization. One lecture deals with a topic important for nanomaterials: the passage from discrete to continuum problems by using nonlinear homogenization methods. Some papers reveal the role of parameterized or Young measures in description of microstructures and in optimal design. Other papers deal with recently developed methods a€“ both analytical and computational a€“ for estimating the effective behavior and field fluctuations in composites and polycrystals with nonlinear constitutive behavior. All in all, the volume offers a cross-section of current activity in nonlinear homogenization including a broad range of physical and engineering applications. The careful reader will be able to identify challenging open problems in this still evolving field. For instance, there is the need to improve bounding techniques for nonconvex problems, as well as for solving geometrically nonlinear optimum shape-design problems, using relaxation and homogenization methods.Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop, held in Warsaw, Poland, 23-26 June 2003 P. Ponte ... Conclusion The outlined techniques provide partial answers to the questions about solutions of nonquasiconvex variational problems. ... elastic energy of a two-phase composite in two space dimensions, Quarterly of Applied Mathematics LI(4), 675a€“699. ... characterization of the possible bulk and shear moduli of planar polycrystals, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics ofanbsp;...

Title:Nonlinear Homogenization and its Applications to Composites, Polycrystals and Smart Materials
Author:P. Ponte Castaneda, J.J. Telega, B. Gambin
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2006-02-17


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