The total creep of viscoelastic composites under hydrostatic or antiplane loading (2005)

Author(s): Vinogradov V, Milton GW

    Abstract: The problem of bounding the total creep (or total stress relaxation) of a composite made of two linear viscoelastic materials and subjected to a constant hydrostatic or antiplane loading is considered. It is done by coupling the immediate and the relaxed responses of the composite, which are pure elastic. The coupled bounds provide the possible range of the total deformation at infinite time as a function of the initial deformation of the composite. For antiplane shear existing bounds for coupled two-dimensional conductivity yield the required coupled bounds, and these are attained by doubly coated cylinder assemblages. The translation method is used to couple the effective bulk moduli of a viscoelastic composite at zero and infinite time. A number of microgeometries are found to attain the bulk modulus bounds. It is shown that the Hashin's composite sphere assemblage does not necessarily correspond to the maximum or minimum overall creep, although it necessarily attains the bounds for effective bulk moduli. For instance, there are cases when the doubly coated sphere microstructure or some special polycrystal arrangements attain the bounds on the total creep.

      • Date: 19-03-2005
      • Journal: Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
      • Volume: 53
      • Issue: 6
      • Pages: 1248-1279
      • Publisher: Pergamon
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Dr Vladimir Vinogradov
      Lecturer in Structural Mechanics and Materials