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Abstract This paper presents a method to derive the virtual fields for identifying constitutive model parameters using the Virtual Fields Method (VFM). The VFM is an approach to identify unknown constitutive parameters using deformation fields measured across a given volume of interest. The general principle for solving identification problems with the VFM is first to derive parametric stress field, where the stress components at any point depend on the unknown constitutive parameters, across the volume of interest from the measured deformation fields. Applying the principle of virtual work to the parametric stress fields, one can write scalar equations of the unknown parameters and solve the obtained system of equations to deduce the values of unknown parameters. However, no rules have been proposed to select the virtual fields in identification problems related to nonlinear elasticity and there are multiple strategies possible that can yield different results. In this work, we propose a systematic, robust and automatic approach to reconstruct the systems of scalar equations with the VFM. This approach is well suited to finite-element implementation and can be applied to any problem provided that full-field deformation data are available across a volume of interest. We also successfully demonstrate the feasibility ofmore »
Characterization of the stiffness distribution in two and three dimensions using boundary deformations: a preliminary studyWe present for the first time the feasibility to recover the stiffness (here shear modulus) distribution of a three-dimensional heterogeneous sample using measured surface displacements and inverse algorithms without making any assumptions about local homogeneities and the stiffness distribution. We simulate experiments to create measured displacements and augment them with noise, significantly higher than anticipated measurement noise. We also test two-dimensional problems in plane strain with multiple stiff inclusions. Our inverse strategy recovers the shear modulus values in the inclusions and background well, and reveals the shape of the inclusion clearly.