A 149 Line Homogenization Code for 3D Cellular Materials Written in Matlab
Dong, G.; Tang, Y.; Zhao, Y.F. (2023). A 149 Line Homogenization Code for 3D Cellular Materials Written in Matlab.
Cellular architectures are promising in a variety of engineering applications due to attractive material properties. Additive Manufacturing (AM) has reduced the difficulty in the fabrication of three dimensional (3D) cellular materials. In this paper, the numerical homogenization method for 3D cellular materials is provided based on a short, selfcontained Matlab code. It is an educational description that shows how the homogenized constitutive matrix is computed by a voxel model with one material to be void and another material to be solid. A voxel generation algorithm is proposed to generate the voxel model easily by the wireframe scripts of unit cell topologies. The format of the wireframe script is defined so that the topology can be customized. The homogenization code is then extended to multi-material cellular structures and thermal conductivity problems. The result of the numerical homogenization shows that different topologies exhibit anisotropic elastic properties to a different extent. It is also found that the anisotropy of cellular materials can be controlled by adjusting the combination of materials.