The concept of the representative volume element (RVE) for softening materials is revised in this contribution. It is demonstrated by means of numerical simulations that there exists a sample which is statistically representative for quasi-brittle materials with random microstructure like concrete. This finding is an important ingredient for homogenization-based multiscale modelling of softening materials.

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Published on 01/01/2010

DOI: 10.1016/j.cma.2010.06.018
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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