Meso-scale modelling of 3D woven composite T-joints with weave variations

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Yan, Shibo, Zeng, Xuesen and Long, Andrew. 2019. "Meso-scale modelling of 3D woven composite T-joints with weave variations." Composites Science and Technology. 171, pp. 171-179. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2018.12.024
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Meso-scale modelling of 3D woven composite T-joints with weave variations

ERA Journal ID4884
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsYan, Shibo (Author), Zeng, Xuesen (Author) and Long, Andrew (Author)
Journal TitleComposites Science and Technology
Journal Citation171, pp. 171-179
Number of Pages9
Year2019
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0266-3538
1879-1050
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compscitech.2018.12.024
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026635381831234X
Abstract

A meso-scale modelling framework is proposed to simulate the 3D woven fibre architectures and the mechanical performance of the composite T-joints, subjected to quasi-static tensile pull-off loading. The proposed method starts with building the realistic reinforcement geometries of the 3D woven T-joints at the mesoscale, of which the modelling strategy is applicable for other types of geometries with weave variations at the T-joint junction. Damage modelling incorporates both interface and constituent material damage, in conjunction with a continuum damage mechanics approach to account for the progressive failure behaviour. With a voxel based cohesive zone model, the proposed method is able to model mode I delamination based on the voxel mesh technique, which has advantages in meshing. Predicted results are in good agreement with experimental data beyond initial failure, in terms of load-displacement responses, failure events, damage initiation and propagation. The significant effect of fibre architecture variations on mechanical behaviour is successfully predicted through this modelling method without any further correlation of input parameters in damage model. This predictive method will facilitate the design and optimisation of 3D woven T-joint preforms.

Keywordstextile composites; mechanical properties; modelling; finite element analysis (FEA)
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ANZSRC Field of Research 2020401602. Composite and hybrid materials
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Centre for Future Materials
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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