### Abstract

Under consideration is the problem of size and response of the Representative Volume Element (RVE) in the setting of finite elasticity of statistically homogeneous and ergodic random microstructures. Through the application of variational principles, a scale dependent hierarchy of strain energy functions (i.e. mesoscale bounds) is derived for the effective strain energy function of the RVE. In order to account for thermoelastic effects, the variational principles are first generalized, and then analogous bounds on the effective thermoelastic response are derived. It is also shown that, in contradiction to results obtained for random linear composites, the hierarchy on the effective strain energy function in nonlinear elasticity cannot be split into volumetric and isochoric terms, while the hierarchy on the effective free energy function cannot be divided into purely mechanical and thermal contributions.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1167-1180 |

Number of pages | 14 |

Journal | Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences |

Volume | 462 |

Issue number | 2068 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 1 2006 |

### Keywords

- Finite elasticity
- Finite thermoelasticity
- Mesoscale bounds
- Random composites
- Representative volume element

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)
- Engineering(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)