2003 Volume 46 Issue 4 Pages 527-535
A multi-scale computational method using the homogenization method is applied to the stress analysis of ceramics considering the random and complex microstructure three-dimensionally. The main purpose of this paper is to propose a numerical method to understand quantitatively the microscopic stress distribution in the random microstructure especially for porous ceramics. The voxel mesh is used to model the microstructure automatically with the help of the image-based modeling technique. In the analysis of porous alumina with needle-like random pores, the distance from the nearest pore is measured for all the voxel elements, which is plotted with the histogram of the microscopic stress distribution. This is of great help to study the relation between the stress concentration and the pore geometry and dispersion.