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Effects of shape and misalignment of fibers on the failure response of carbon fiber reinforced polymers. (English) Zbl 07053706
Summary: An integrated computational framework is presented for the automated modeling and simulation of the failure response of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) with arbitrary-shaped, randomly-misaligned, embedded fibers. The proposed approach relies on a new packing/relocation-based reconstruction algorithm to synthesize realistic 3D representative volume elements (RVEs) of CFRP. A non-iterative mesh generation algorithm is then employed to create high-quality finite element models of each RVE. The failure response of CFRP is simulated using ductile and cohesive-contact damage models for the epoxy matrix and along fiber-matrix interfaces, respectively. In addition to studying the impact of fiber misalignments, this computational framework is employed to investigate the effect of cross-sectional geometry of fibers (circular versus oval shaped) on the strength, ductility, and toughness of CFRP subject to tensile and compressive loads applied transverse to the fibers direction.
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74 Mechanics of deformable solids
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HYPLAS; Triangle
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