The concepts of RVE (Hashin and Shtrikman (1962), Hill (1963), Hill (1965), Hill (1972), Hashin (1983), Zohdi and Wriggers (2005)) commonly used in the analysis of composite materials, as well as statistical homogeneity (Beran (1968), Hashin (CR-1974), Kröner (1974)) are invoked to analyse porous solids. This approach, as opposed to the theory of two-scale homogenization (Enrique and Zaoui (1987), Bakhvalov and Panasenko (1989), Terada and Kikuchi (2001), Hornung (2012), Fish (2014)), offers avenues for arriving at bounds on effective poroelastic moduli. RVE based methods decouple analysis of a composite material into analyses at the local and global levels. The local level analysis models the microstructural details to determine effective elastic properties by applying boundary conditions to the RVE and solving the resultant boundary value problem. The composite structure is then replaced by an equivalent homogeneous material having the calculated effective properties. The global level analysis calculates the effective or average stress and strain within the equivalent homogeneous structure. The applied boundary conditions, however, cannot represent all the possible in-situ boundary conditions to which the RVE is subjected within the composite. The accuracy of the RVE approximation depends on how well the assumed boundary conditions reflect each of the myriad boundary conditions to which the RVE is subjected in-situ. This is where the imposition of homogeneous boundary conditions plays a special role in arriving at bounds on effective properties.
2 Model equations
2.1 Flow model
Let the boundary where is the Dirichlet boundary and is the Neumann boundary. The fluid mass conservation equation (2.1) in the presence of deformable and anisotropic porous medium with the Darcy law (2.2) and linear pressure dependence of density (2.3) with boundary conditions (2.4) and initial conditions (2.5) is
where is the fluid pressure, is the fluid flux, is the fluid content, is the unit outward normal on , is the source or sink term,
is the uniformly symmetric positive definite absolute permeability tensor,is the fluid viscosity, is a reference density, is the porosity, is a measure of the hydraulic conductivity of the pore fluid, is the fluid compressibility and is the time interval.
2.2 Poromechanics model
Let the boundary where is the Dirichlet boundary and is the Neumann boundary. Linear momentum balance for the anisotropic porous solid in the quasi-static limit of interest (2.6) with small strain assumption (2.8) with boundary conditions (2.9) and initial condition (2.10) is
where is the solid displacement, is the rock density, is the body force per unit volume, is the unit outward normal to , is the unit outward normal to , is the traction specified on , is the strain tensor, is the Cauchy stress tensor given by the generalized Hooke’s law (see Coussy (2004))
where is the effective stress, is the fourth order anisotropic elasticity tensor and is the Biot tensor. The symmetry of the stress and strain tensor shows that
where is the fourth order anisotropic compliance tensor, is a generalized Hooke’s law constant and is a generalization of the Skempton pore pressure coefficient (see Skempton (1954)) for anisotropic poroelasticity. The symmetry of the stress and strain tensor shows that
2.3 Fluid content
2.4 The poroelastic tensorial constitutive equation and the strain energy density
are rewritten (respectively) in the contracted notation as
where the transformation is accomplished by replacing the subscripts (or ) by (or ) using the following rules
and the fourth order tensors and are represented as second order tensors and respectively. The constitutive equation for the poromechanics model, under the assumption of zero in-situ stress () and zero in-situ pore pressure (), is then given by
On the other hand, the constitutive equation for the flow model, under the assumption of zero in-situ stress () and zero in-situ pore pressure (), is then given by
Biot (1962) defined the strain energy density of porous elastic medium as
3 The argument on bounds on effective moduli in linear elasticity using displacement boundary conditions vis-á-vis traction boundary conditions
The language used in this module is similar to the language used in Hollister and Kikuchi (1992) due of its ease of explanation. The reader is also refered to Fung (1965) and Zohdi and Wriggers (2005) for a rendition of the classical extremum principles in elasticity, including the principle of minimum strain energy and the principle of minimum complementary energy. Consider the case in a linear elasticity boundary value problem where the in-situ boundary conditions differ from the applied boundary conditions, but produce the same average RVE strain. In this case the average stiffness predicted by the RVE analysis must be greater than the actual stiffness by the principle of minimum strain energy. The in-situ boundary conditions would minimize the energy while the assumed boundary conditions would be admissible and by definition produce greater energy. The average stress within the RVE under assumed boundary conditions must be higher to produce a higher energy. The same argument holds for applied tractions boundary conditions with the principle of minimum complementary energy. In this situation, the applied traction boundary condition will produce a higher complementary energy than an in-situ traction condition for the same average stress giving a higher compliance and therefore a lower stiffness. Thus, RVE analyses under applied displacements give an upper bound on apparent stiffness while applied tractions give a lower bound. The expressions for average stress and strain are given in A.
3.1 Homogeneous displacement boundary conditions
A “homogeneous” displacement boundary condition is refered to the case of boundary prescribed displacements (over the entire boundary) corresponding to uniform strain (over the entire boundary) as follows
where the second equality in (3.2) follows from the divergence theorem. (3.3) clearly shows that the RVE average strain in case of homogeneous displacement boundary condition is equal to the uniform boundary strain that the boundary condition corresponds to.
3.2 Homogeneous traction boundary conditions
A “homogeneous” traction boundary condition is refered to the case of boundary prescribed tractions (over the entire boundary) corresponding to uniform stress (over the entire boundary) as follows
where the second equality in (3.5) follows from the divergence theorem. (3.6) clearly shows that the RVE average stress in case of homogeneous traction boundary condition is equal to the uniform boundary stress that the boundary condition corresponds to.
4 Procedural framework to arrive at bounds on effective poroelastic moduli
We now invoke the principles derived in Section 3 for linear elastic solids to arrive at bounds on effective moduli for heterogeneous linear poroelastic solids. The homogeneous displacement boundary condition applicable to linear elasticity is replaced by a homogeneous displacement-pressure boundary condition. The homogeneous traction boundary condition applicable to linear elasticity is replaced by a homogeneous traction-fluid content boundary condition.
4.1 Homogeneous displacement-pressure boundary condition
Let the poroelastic body with no body forces be subjected to the homogeneous boundary condition
In lieu of (4.2), the poroelastic boundary field can be decomposed as
Because of the superposition principle of the linear theory of elasticity (and hence by natural extension poroelasticity), the poroelastic field which is produced by (4.1) is equal to the sum of the seven fields which are produced by the application of each of (4.3), separately, on the boundary. Suppose that and let the resulting poroelastic field be denoted by . Then, when , the field is by linearity . Similar considerations for each of , , , , and on the right hand side of (4.3) and superposition show that the poroelastic field in the body due to (4.1) on the boundary can be written in the form
where is summed. The field at any point is then given by
where are the space dependent poroelastic moduli of the heterogeneous body and is summed. Let (4.6) be volume averaged over a RVE. The result is written in the form
where the upper bound on effective poroelastic moduli is obtained as
4.2 Homogeneous traction-flux boundary condition
Let the poroelastic body with no body forces be subjected to the homogeneous boundary condition
The vector in (2.16) can be separated into 6 vectors in each of which there occurs only one non-vanishing stress and one vector in which there occurs only one non-vanishing fluid content as follows
In lieu of (4.8), the poroelastic boundary field can be decomposed as
Because of the superposition principle of the linear theory of elasticity (and hence by natural extension poroelasticity), the poroelastic field which is produced by (4.7) is equal to the sum of the seven fields which are produced by the application of each of (4.9), separately, on the boundary. Suppose that and let the resulting poroelastic field be denoted by . Then, when , the field is by linearity . Similar considerations for each of , , , , and on the right hand side of (4.9) and superposition show that the poroelastic field in the body due to (4.7) on the boundary can be written in the form
where is summed. The field at any point is then given by
where are the space dependent poroelastic moduli of the heterogeneous body and is summed. Let (4.12) be volume averaged over a RVE. The result is written in the form
where the effective poroelastic compliance is obtained as
which is inverted to obtain the lower bound on the effective poroelastic moduli
4.3 Invoking statistical homogeneity
The essence of statistical homogeneity is explained in B. The crux of the argument is that the stress and strain fields in a very large heterogeneous body that is statistically homogeneous, subject to homogeneous boundary conditions, is statistically homogeneous. The argument is that if the field is statistically homogeneous, the volume average taken over the RVE approaches the whole body average, wherever the RVE may be located. The reader is refered to Hashin (CR-1974) for a finer read on the concept of statistical homogeneity.
Appendix A Averaging theorems
As shown in Figure 1, consider a two phase body with phases occupying regions and with displacement fields and respectively. The volume of the two phase body is , the phase volumes are and , the bounding surface is and the interface is .
a.1 Expression for average strain
The strains are defined as
The volume average of is given by
which, in lieu of the divergence theorem, can be written as
where and are the bounding surfaces of and . Now each of and are composed of part of the external surface and the interface . Therefore, (A.3) may be rewritten as
where the interface integral terms in (A.4) cancel out as (and ) is always the outward normal.
a.2 Expression for average stress
Let the stress field inside the body be and the body force per unit volume be . The body is assumed to be in quasi-static equilibrium, so that at every point,
On the external surface , the tractions are prescribed. The average stress is defined by
We substitute the following
into (A.6), to get
where the second equality in (A.7) with the surface integral follows from the divergence theorem and the integrands of the interface surface integrals in (A.8) cancel one another at each interface point and thus the two surface integrals cancel each other. Also, since , it follows that . Thus (A.8) can be symmetrized in the form
Appendix B Statistical homogeneity
Consider a collection of fibrous cylindrical specimens, each of which is refered to a system of axes, the origin of which is at the same point in each specimen. The specimens have the same external geometry, however, their phase geometries, i.e. internal geometries may be quite different. In the theory of random processes, such a collection of specimens is called an ensemble and each specimen is a member of the ensemble. We consider the two points , in each specimen member of the ensemble, which have the same position vectors and
in each specimen. The probability thatis in and is in is
Similarly, we have
Here is the number of times that both points fall simultaneously into phase , with analogous interpretations for , and . There are similar eight three point probabilities and in general , point probabilities. Such point probabilities may be written in the form
where each of the subscripts , , …, assumes either one of the phase numbers , and its position in the subscript sequence is attached to that corresponding to the position vector within the parenthesis. We now finally proceed to define the concept of statistical homogeneity. For this purpose, the system of points entering into (B.1) may be considered as a rigid body which is described by the vector differences
Suppose that any multipoint probability such as (B.1) depends only on the relative configuration of the points and not on their absolute position with respect to the coordinate system; then the ensemble is called statistically homogeneous. Mathematically this means
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