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Kniazeva E.N., Candidate of Technical Sciences, Chief Specialist of the Department of Science and Technical Programs and Projects in the Sphere of Industry and Energetic of Management of Science and Technical Programs and Projects of the State Committee for Science and Technologies of the Republic of Belarus, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kukareko V.A., Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Associate Professor, Head of the Center for Structural Research and Tribo-Mechanical Testing of Materials and Engineering Products for Collective Use, the Joint Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alexandrov V.Yu., Junior Researcher of the Department of Simulation and Virtual Tests, Republican Computer Center of Mechanical Engineering, the Joint Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Republic of Belarus

Timoshenko N.P., Junior Researcher of the Laboratory of Metallurgy in Mechanical Engineering, STC “Technology of Mechanical Engineering and Process Equipment”, the Joint Institute of Mechanical Engineering of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Republic of Belarus

Year 2013 Issue 3 Pages 69-76
Type of article RAR Index UDK 620.22:51-72 Index BBK  

Main approaches to application of finite element method to the investigation of composite materials are reviewed and analyzed, including theoretical suggestions, direct calculation of representative volumes of composites by means of universal computer packages, using of specialized programs. Advantages, disadvantages, limitations and perspectives of using of different approaches in the investigation of mechanical properties of composite materials are shown. Experience of application of finite element modeling to the improvement of properties of composites so as to the explanation of micro-level processes is also reviewed.

Keywords composite material, modeling, finite element method, microstructure, Voronov cells, meaningful volume
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