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On the incorporation of microstructural information in dual phase steel simulations
In our contribution we discuss the applicability of statistically similar representative volume elements (SSRVEs) for the incorporation of microstructural information during multiscale simulations using the FE2-method. Such SSRVEs are characterized by a lower complexity than usual random representative volume elements (RVEs), but they represent quite accurately the mechanical response of the real material. A lower complexity of the RVE is accompanied by a reduced number of degrees of freedom of resulting finite-element discretizations and therefore, computational costs are significantly decreased. In order to demonstrate the performance of the proposed procedure we discuss the results of several representative numerical examples. © 2011 IBF (RWTH Aachen) & IUL (TU Dortmund).