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Symposium 6.4

Effective Properties of Multifunctional Composite Materials


Gary Seidel, Virginia Tech University
Fodil Meraghni, Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) Institute of Technology
Kiefer Björn, TU Bergakademie Freiberg
George Chatzigeorgiou, Chargé de Recherche CNRS


The focus is on the application of analytic micromechanics and computational micromechanics/homogenization approaches for effective properties associated with multifield response of multifunctional composite materials. Particular interest is in effective linear or nonlinear thermomechanical, electromechanical, thermoelectric, and magnetomechanical coupled properties, among others.  Multiphase composites containing microscale and/or nanoscale fillers in active or inactive matrix phases are relevant. Applications ranging from sensors to actuators are welcome.  While the focus is on property prediction, there is parallel interest in efforts to characterize multifunctional response of composites, particularly for validation purposes.