Micro-mechanics of high porosity particle-polymer composites

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Alam P, Mathur S, Byholm T, Jarvinen O, Kniivila J, Toivakka M
Editors: J Fan, H Chen
Publication year: 2008
Publisher: DEStech Publications Inc.
Book title: Advances in Heterogeneous Material Mechanics (ICHMM-2008) Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Heterogeneous Material Mechanics, June 3-8, 2008, Huangshan, China
Start page: 17
End page: 20
Number of pages: 4
ISBN: 978-1-932078-80-0


A computational approach is elucidated herein, whereby different shaped particles are packed computationally and joined together using a polymer binder addition algorithm. The effects of using different particle shapes and sizes were shown to have a significant impact on the global properties of the composites. Moreover, the distribution of binder around the particles is believed to have a critical saturation level. The models are to within one order of magnitude of experimental values. The computational method for ascertaining the global properties particle-polymer composites both novel and useful since the microstructure can be manipulated computationally to optimise the strength and stiffness properties of porous particulate composite materials.


mechanics, modelling, particle, polymer, porous

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