Inserted: 9 aug 2016
Last Updated: 2 feb 2019
Journal: Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal.
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We present a simple example of toughening mechanism in the homogenization of composites with soft inclusions, produced by crack deflection at microscopic level. We show that the mechanism is connected to the irreversibility of the crack process. Because of that it cannot be detected through the standard homogenization tool of the $\Gamma$-convergence.
Keywords: Homogenization, brittle composites, toughening mechanism