Homogenization coarse graining (HCG) of the lattice discrete particle model (LDPM) for the analysis of reinforced concrete structures

Lale E., Rezakhani R., Alnaggar M., Cusatis G.

ENGINEERING FRACTURE MECHANICS, vol.197, pp.259-277, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 197
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2018.04.043
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.259-277
  • Keywords: Coarse-graining, Parameter identification, Multi-scale, Homogenization, Concrete, Fracture, Lattice model, Particle model, HIGH-PERFORMANCE CONCRETE, DIAGONAL SHEAR FAILURE, PARAMETER-IDENTIFICATION, MECHANICAL-BEHAVIOR, NUMERICAL-ANALYSIS, SIMULATION, FRACTURE, SIZE, POTENTIALS, COMPRESSION
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, a coarse-graining framework for discrete models is formulated on the basis of multiscale homogenization. The discrete model considered in this paper is the Lattice Discrete Particle Model (LDPM), which simulates concrete at the level of coarse aggregate pieces. In LDPM, the size of the aggregate particles follows the actual particle size distribution that is used in experiment to produce concrete specimens. Consequently, modeling large structural systems entirely with LDPM leads to a significant number of degrees of freedom and is not feasible with the currently available computational resources. To overcome this limitation, this paper proposes the formulation of a coarse-grained model obtained by (1) increasing the actual size of the particles in the finescale model by a specific coarsening factor and (2) calibrating the parameters of the coarse grained model by best fitting the macroscopic, average response of the coarse grained model to the corresponding fine scale one for different loading conditions. A Representative Volume Element (RVE) of LDPM is employed to obtain the macroscopic response of the fine scale and coarse grained models through a homogenization procedure. Accuracy and efficiency of the developed coarse graining method is verified by comparing the response of fine scale and coarse grained simulations of several reinforced concrete structural systems in terms of both accuracy of the results and computational cost.