A Simplified Method for Upscaling Composite Materials with High Contrast of the Conductivity

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http://hdl.handle.net/10754/597408
Title:
A Simplified Method for Upscaling Composite Materials with High Contrast of the Conductivity
Authors:
Ewing, R.; Iliev, O.; Lazarov, R.; Rybak, I.; Willems, J.
Abstract:
A large class of industrial composite materials, such as metal foams, fibrous glass materials, mineral wools, and the like, are widely used in insulation and advanced heat exchangers. These materials are characterized by a substantial difference between the thermal properties of the highly conductive materials (glass or metal) and the insulator (air) as well as low volume fractions and complex network-like structures of the highly conductive components. In this paper we address the important issue for the engineering practice of developing fast, reliable, and accurate methods for computing the macroscopic (upscaled) thermal conductivities of such materials. We assume that the materials have constant macroscopic thermal conductivity tensors, which can be obtained by upscaling techniques based on the postprocessing of a number of linearly independent solutions of the steady-state heat equation on representative elementary volumes (REVs). We propose, theoretically justify, and computationally study a numerical method for computing the effective conductivities of materials for which the ratio δ of low and high conductivities satisfies δ ≪ 1. We show that in this case one needs to solve the heat equation in the region occupied by the highly conductive media only. Further, we prove that under certain conditions on the microscale geometry the proposed method gives an approximation that is O(δ)-close to the upscaled conductivity. Finally, we illustrate the accuracy and the limitations of the method on a number of numerical examples. © 2009 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Citation:
Ewing R, Iliev O, Lazarov R, Rybak I, Willems J (2009) A Simplified Method for Upscaling Composite Materials with High Contrast of the Conductivity. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 31: 2568–2586. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1137/080731906.
Publisher:
Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
Journal:
SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing
KAUST Grant Number:
KUS-C1-016-04
Issue Date:
Jan-2009
DOI:
10.1137/080731906
Type:
Article
ISSN:
1064-8275; 1095-7197
Sponsors:
Universitat Stuttgart, IANS, Pfaffenwaldring 57, 79569 Stuttgart, Germany (rybak@ians.unistuttgart.de). The work of this author was supported by project NTAS-30-50-4355 and by grant DAAD-PPP A/05/57218.
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dc.contributor.authorEwing, R.en
dc.contributor.authorIliev, O.en
dc.contributor.authorLazarov, R.en
dc.contributor.authorRybak, I.en
dc.contributor.authorWillems, J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-25T12:32:37Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-25T12:32:37Zen
dc.date.issued2009-01en
dc.identifier.citationEwing R, Iliev O, Lazarov R, Rybak I, Willems J (2009) A Simplified Method for Upscaling Composite Materials with High Contrast of the Conductivity. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 31: 2568–2586. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1137/080731906.en
dc.identifier.issn1064-8275en
dc.identifier.issn1095-7197en
dc.identifier.doi10.1137/080731906en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/597408en
dc.description.abstractA large class of industrial composite materials, such as metal foams, fibrous glass materials, mineral wools, and the like, are widely used in insulation and advanced heat exchangers. These materials are characterized by a substantial difference between the thermal properties of the highly conductive materials (glass or metal) and the insulator (air) as well as low volume fractions and complex network-like structures of the highly conductive components. In this paper we address the important issue for the engineering practice of developing fast, reliable, and accurate methods for computing the macroscopic (upscaled) thermal conductivities of such materials. We assume that the materials have constant macroscopic thermal conductivity tensors, which can be obtained by upscaling techniques based on the postprocessing of a number of linearly independent solutions of the steady-state heat equation on representative elementary volumes (REVs). We propose, theoretically justify, and computationally study a numerical method for computing the effective conductivities of materials for which the ratio δ of low and high conductivities satisfies δ ≪ 1. We show that in this case one needs to solve the heat equation in the region occupied by the highly conductive media only. Further, we prove that under certain conditions on the microscale geometry the proposed method gives an approximation that is O(δ)-close to the upscaled conductivity. Finally, we illustrate the accuracy and the limitations of the method on a number of numerical examples. © 2009 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversitat Stuttgart, IANS, Pfaffenwaldring 57, 79569 Stuttgart, Germany (rybak@ians.unistuttgart.de). The work of this author was supported by project NTAS-30-50-4355 and by grant DAAD-PPP A/05/57218.en
dc.publisherSociety for Industrial & Applied Mathematics (SIAM)en
dc.subjectEffective heat conductivityen
dc.subjectFibrous insulation materialsen
dc.subjectMetal foamsen
dc.subjectNumerical upscalingen
dc.titleA Simplified Method for Upscaling Composite Materials with High Contrast of the Conductivityen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSIAM Journal on Scientific Computingen
dc.contributor.institutionTexas A and M University, College Station, United Statesen
dc.contributor.institutionInstitute of Mathematics and Informatics Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgariaen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversitat Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germanyen
kaust.grant.numberKUS-C1-016-04en
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