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Materials are hierarchical in nature. The macroscopic material properties are strongly affected by the morphology and evolution of the microstructures, especially under extreme events with large material deformations and geometric nonlinearities. The representative volume element (RVE) techniques based on homogenization theory are a type of hierarchical multi-scale simulation methods offering the numerical constitutive relationship at the macroscopic point.

LS-DYNA® RVE package integrates the whole RVE analysis processes, including preparation of boundary conditions, FE analysis of the boundary value problem and RVE homogenization.

  • Key features:

    • ​Arbitrary RVE meshes in 2D and 3D

    • Various types of boundary conditions (e.g. periodic and displacement BCs)

    • Treatment of no-matching 2D & 3D meshes

    • Arbitrary loading conditions through control-node technique

    • SMP and MPP enabled

Virtual material testing data can be generated using RVE analysis, and it will further serve as the offline/training data in machine learning of multiscale material models.

RVEs of particle reinforced composite and woven composite

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