A GFEM-based reduced-order homogenization model for heterogeneous materials under volumetric and interfacial damage

David R. Brandyberry, Xiang Zhang, Philippe H. Geubelle

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This manuscript presents a multiscale reduced-order modeling framework for heterogeneous materials that accounts for both cohesive interface failure and continuum damage. The model builds on the eigendeformation-based reduced-order homogenization model (EHM), which relies on the pre-calculation of a set of coefficient tensors that account for the effects of linear and nonlinear material behavior between regions of the domain known as parts. A k-means clustering algorithm is used to optimally construct these parts and a new formulation for the partitioning of interfaces using this method is proposed. The extraction of the volumetric and interfacial influence functions is performed using the Interface-enriched Generalized Finite Element Method (IGFEM), which relies on a finite element discretization that does not conform to the material phase boundaries. A Lagrange multiplier method is used in this preprocessing phase, allowing for the reuse of the matrix factorization for different influence function problems and hence leading to efficiency improvement. A newly proposed traction calculation for the interface partition is also adopted to alleviate the instability caused by traction calculations along interfaces. The accuracy and efficiency of the IGFEM–EHM method is assessed through comparison with reference IGFEM simulations. The method is then used to extract the nonlinear multiscale response of particulate, unidirectional fiber-reinforced, and woven composites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number113690
JournalComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
StatePublished - Apr 15 2021


  • Cohesive model
  • Composite materials
  • Continuum damage
  • Eigendeformation-based reduced-order homogenization model
  • Generalized FEM

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Computer Science Applications


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