A PHASE FIELD MODEL FOR DAMAGE NUCLEATION IN GEOPOLYMER COMPOSITES
Reshmi Maria JoseDogwood B
Multi-scale models have been greatly appreciated due to their ability to precisely correlate the microstructure properties with the macroscopic properties of materials. With an aim to verify the structural integrity of geopolymer composites, the microscopic cracks nucleating from the matrix and preexisting pores and the effect on their macroscopic fracture toughness are studied using a computational framework of phase field (PF) in the finite element (FE) context. To assess the effect of random distribution of voids, the representative volume element (RVE) of the composite microstructure is generated using a take and place algorithm. The elastic properties of the composites are obtained by Mori-Tanaka and Self-consistent homogenization schemes. The RVE is then used to simulate a plate under tension to study the damage initiation and propagation in geopolymer composites. The PF model investigates the crack nucleation and branching from the already-existing voids in the composites. A qualitative validation of the approach by means of crack patterns is also presented.