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A semi-concurrent multiscale approach for modeling damage in nanocomposites

M. Silani, S. Ziaei-Rad, H. Talebi and T. Rabczuk

Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics, Volume 74, December 2014, Pages 30-38



The paper presents an effective implementation of a semi-concurrent multiscale method in the commercial finite element software package ABAQUS. The method is applied to the pre-localized damage initiation and propagation in the fully exfoliated clay/epoxy nanocomposite. The obtained results of the proposed method is also compared with the hierarchical multiscale approach. This method can be easily used to get a better understanding of damage mechanism in the nanocomposite materials in order to improve the constitutive models and to support the future design of those materials.



A. Semi-Concurrent multiscale methods; B. Nanocomposites; C. Damage mechanics; D. Finite element analysis (FEA)


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