Micromechanical analysis of polymer composites reinforced by unidirectional fibres: Part II-Micromechanical analyses

A. R. Melro*, P. P. Camanho, F. M. Andrade Pires, S. T. Pinho

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Abstract

This paper presents the application of a new constitutive damage model for an epoxy matrix on micromechanical analyses of polymer composite materials. Different representative volume elements (RVEs) are developed with a random distribution of fibres. Upon application of periodic boundary conditions (PBCs) on the RVEs, different loading scenarios are applied and the mechanical response of the composite studied. Focus is given to the influence of the interface between fibre and matrix, as well as to the influence of the epoxy matrix, on the strength properties of the composite, damage initiation and propagation under different loading conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1906-1915
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
Volume50
Issue number11-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2013

Keywords

  • Composites
  • Damage
  • Epoxy
  • FEA
  • Micromechanics

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