• The material system operates by creating a producer/consumer relationship among objects

    • Material objects produce properties.
    • Other MOOSE objects (including Materials) consume these properties.
  • Material objects produce properties:

    • Each property must be declared to be available for use by Kernels, boundary conditions, etc.
    • declareProperty<TYPE>() declares a material property, and returns a writable reference.
    • Override computeQpProperties() to compute all of the declared properties at one quadrature point. Within this method, the references obtained from declareProperty are updated.
    • Can use coupled variables in the same way as Kernels (e.g., coupledValue(), etc.)

  • Objects consume material properties:
    • To use a material property, call getMaterialProperty<TYPE>() in a Kernel or other object, and store the constant reference.
  • Quantities are recomputed at quadrature points, as needed.
  • The values are not stored between timesteps unless "stateful" properties are enabled.
    • Call declarePropertyOld<TYPE>() or declarePropertyOlder<TYPE>() to enable stateful material properties.
  • Multiple Material objects may define the same "property" for different parts of the subdomain or boundaries.

Example 8

Look at Example 8

Default Material Properties

  • Default values for material properties may be assigned within the validParams function.
addParam<MaterialPropertyName>("combination_property_name", 12345,
 "The name of the property providing the luggage combination");
  • Only scalar (Real) values may have defaults.
  • When getMaterialProperty<Real>("combination_property_name") is called, the default will be returned if the value has not been computed via a delcareProperty call within a Material object.

Automatic Material Property Output

  • Material properties can be output, provided they are one of the supported types.
  • Output of Material properties is enabled by setting the "outputs" parameter.
  • The following example creates two additional variables called "mat1" and "mat2" that will show up in the output file.
    type = GenericConstantMaterial
    block = 0
    prop_names  = 'mat1 mat2'
    prop_values = '1 2'
    outputs = exodus
  console = true
  exodus = true
    type = Exodus
    oversample = true
    refinements = 2

  • A list of possible options for the 'outputs' parameter:
'outputs = ' Behavior
none disables outputting of all properties to all possible outputs (default)
all enables outputting of all properties to all possible outputs
exodus enables outputting of all properties to the output named "exodus" from the "[Outputs]" block
'property1 property2' limits the output to the properties listed
  • Supported types include: Real, RealVectorValue, and RealTensorValue

  • Setting outputs=all will write to all possible outputs; by default outputs is set to "none".
  • It is possible to limit which properties are written to the output for each Material using the "output_properties" parameter.
  • For example, setting output_properties = mat1 in the above example ensures that only "mat1" is written.
  • Leaving this parameter empty will result in all properties being written (the default).
  • For additional examples, see the associated tests in $MOOSE_DIR/test/tests/materials/output.

Output via the Outputs block

  • The following input file section writes the Material property named 'mat1'.
  • Notice that this method does not require changing anything within the Material blocks, which is useful if a material is defined on many subdomains and/or boundaries.
  • The show_material_properties parameter is optional. Without it, all supported Material properties will be written.
    type = GenericConstantMaterial
    block = 0
    prop_names  = 'mat1 mat2'
    prop_values = '1 2'
  console = true
    type = Exodus
    output_material_properties = true
    show_material_properties = 'mat1'

Supported Output Types

  • Material properties can be of arbitrary (C++) type, but not all types can be output.
  • The following is a list of the Material property types that support automatic output. (Assume you named your property "prop" when calling declareProperty.)
Type AuxKernel Variable Name(s)
Real MaterialRealAux prop
RealVectorValue MaterialRealVectorValueAux prop_1, prop_2, and prop_3
RealTensorValue MaterialRealTensorValueAux prop_11, prop_12, prop_13, prop_21, etc.

Stateful Material Properties

  • It can sometimes be useful to have "old" values of Material properties available in a simulation.
  • For example, this situation arises in solid mechanics plasticity constitutive models.
  • Traditionally, this type of value is called a "state variable".
  • In MOOSE, they are called "Stateful Material Properties".
  • To provide a material property with an old state, use declarePropertyOld<TYPE>() and declarePropertyOlder<TYPE>().
  • Stateful Material properties require more memory.

Example 9

Look at Example 9