Integrating a micromechanical model for multiscale analyses

Chao Fa Zhao, Zhen Yu Yin, Pierre Yves Hicher

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The Chang-Hicher micromechanical model based on a static hypothesis, not unlike other models developed separately at around the same epoch, has proved its efficiency in predicting soil behaviour. For solving boundary value problems, the model has now integrated stress-strain relationships by considering both the micro and macro levels. The first step was to solve the linearized mixed control constraints by the introduction of a predictor–corrector scheme and then to implement the micro–macro relationships through an iterative procedure. Two return mapping schemes, consisting of the closest-point projection method and the cutting plane algorithm, were subsequently integrated into the interparticle force-displacement relations. Both algorithms have proved to be efficient in studies devoted to elementary tests and boundary value problems. Closest-point projection method compared with cutting plane algorithm, however, has the advantage of being more intensive cost efficient and just as accurate in the computational task of integrating the local laws into the micromechanical model. The results obtained demonstrate that the proposed linearized method is capable of performing loadings under stress and strain control. Finally, by applying a finite element analysis with a biaxial test and a square footing, it can be recognized that the Chang-Hicher micromechanical model performs efficiently in multiscale modelling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-127
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • constitutive equations
  • finite element methods
  • integration
  • micromechanics
  • multiscale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Engineering(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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