Designing composite microstructures with targeted properties

S. Hyun, S. Torquato

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We present a numerical method to find specific composite microstructures with targeted effective properties. The effective properties that may be prescribed are quite diverse and include transport, mechanical, and electromagnetic properties, as well as properties associated with coupled phenomena, such as piezoelectric and thermoelectric coefficients. We formulated the target problem as an optimization problem. To illustrate our general target optimization technique, we have successfully found two-phase composite microstructures having specified effective electrical or thermal conductivities at fixed volume fractions. The method can also be used to design microstructures with multifunctional characteristics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-285
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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