This paper describes the manufacturing, characterization and parametric modeling of a novel fiber-reinforced composite flexible skin with in-plane negative Poisson's ratio (auxetic) behavior. The elastic mechanical performance of the auxetic skin is evaluated using a three-dimensional analytical model based on the classical laminate theory (CLT) and Sun's thick laminate theory. Good agreement is observed between in-plane Poisson's ratios and Young's moduli of the composite skin obtained by the theoretical model and the experimental results. A parametric analysis carried out with the validated model shows that significant changes in the in-plane negative Poisson's ratio can be achieved through different combinations of matrix and fiber materials and stacking sequences. It is also possible to identify fiber-reinforced composite skin configurations with the same in-plane auxeticity but different orthotropic stiffness performance, or the same orthotropic stiffness performance but different in-plane auxeticity. The analysis presented in this work provides useful guidelines to develop and manufacture flexible skins with negative Poisson's ratio for applications focused on morphing aircraft wing designs.
- 62.20.D- Elasticity 81.40.Jj Elasticity and anelasticity, stress-strain relations 89.20.Kk Engineering 81.05.Ni Dispersion-, fiber-, and platelet-reinforced metal-based composites