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Type: Theses
Title: Multiscale modelling of continuum and discrete dynamics in materials with complicated microstructure
Author: Chen, Chen
Issue Date: 2015
School/Discipline: School of Mathematical Sciences
Abstract: Homogenization and other multiscale modelling techniques empower scientist and engineers to build efficient macroscale mathematical models for simulating materials with complicated microstructure. But the modelling methodology rarely systematically derives the boundary conditions for macroscale model. This thesis aims to systematically derive boundary conditions for macroscale models without heuristic arguments. I start by building a smooth macroscale model for a one-dimensional discrete diffusion system with rapidly varying microscale diffusivity, finite scale separation, and Dirichlet boundary conditions. I apply both centre manifold theory and homogenization theory to build the macroscale model. Both theories find same macroscale model. I then apply modern dynamical system theory to derive macroscopic boundary conditions for this class of diffusion problems. The results suggest a specific Robin boundary condition is a good choice for the macroscale model. I extend my methodology to a linear two-strand diffusion problem. My method finds macroscale boundary conditions for the microscale two-strand problem with different classes of microscale boundary conditions such as specified flux and mixed microscale boundary conditions. The two-strand problem has a more complicated eigen structure than the single strand problems but my method performs well. I also show this method is suitable for continuous problems, such as a class of continuous heterogeneous wave partial differential equations. Furthermore, I apply this technique to wave equations with periodic elasticities and densities and with arbitrary periodicity and number of strands. The algebra in these problem is tedious so I extensively implement computer algebra to find the corresponding macroscale models and boundary conditions. Finally, I consider nonlinearity by analysing the macroscale modelling and the derivation of macroscale boundary conditions for a nonlinear heat exchanger. The proposed technique provides a systematic tool for deriving macroscale boundary conditions for multiscale models. In comparison with heuristically proposed boundary conditions, my derived boundary conditions improve the accuracy of multiscale models in physical science and engineering.
Advisor: Roberts, Anthony John
Bunder, Judith
Dissertation Note: Thesis (Ph.D.) -- University of Adelaide, School of Mathematical Sciences, 2015.
Keywords: multiscale
centre manifold theory
dynamical system
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