Support vector machine guided reproducing kernel particle method for image-based modeling of microstructures

Yanran Wang, Jonghyuk Baek, Yichun Tang, Jing Du, Mike Hillman, Jiun Shyan Chen

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This work presents an approach for automating the discretization and approximation procedures in constructing digital representations of composites from micro-CT images featuring intricate microstructures. The proposed method is guided by the Support Vector Machine (SVM) classification, offering an effective approach for discretizing microstructural images. An SVM soft margin training process is introduced as a classification of heterogeneous material points, and image segmentation is accomplished by identifying support vectors through a local regularized optimization problem. In addition, an Interface-Modified Reproducing Kernel Particle Method (IM-RKPM) is proposed for appropriate approximations of weak discontinuities across material interfaces. The proposed method modifies the smooth kernel functions with a regularized Heaviside function concerning the material interfaces to alleviate Gibb's oscillations. This IM-RKPM is formulated without introducing duplicated degrees of freedom associated with the interface nodes commonly needed in the conventional treatments of weak discontinuities in the meshfree methods. Moreover, IM-RKPM can be implemented with various domain integration techniques, such as Stabilized Conforming Nodal Integration (SCNI). The extension of the proposed method to 3-dimension is straightforward, and the effectiveness of the proposed method is validated through the image-based modeling of polymer-ceramic composite microstructures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-942
Number of pages36
JournalComputational Mechanics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics

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