Numerical simulation of the non-linear deformation of 5-harness satin weaves

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

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The mechanical behaviour of a polymer composite reinforced by 5-harness satin weave is modelled using a micromechanical approach in which each of its constituents is characterised by a constitutive damage model. The epoxy matrix is modelled using an elasto-plastic with isotropic damage law while the fibrous reinforcements follow a transversely isotropic damage law. A representative unit cell of a 5-harness satin weave has been generated and a set of periodic boundary conditions implemented in order to run micromechanical analyses. Volumetric homogenisation is performed on the obtained micro-stress and -strain fields in order to study stiffness degradation and damage evolution of the satin weave under different in-plane multiaxial loading conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-126
Number of pages11
JournalComputational Materials Science
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • 5-Harness satin
  • Damage
  • FEA
  • Micromechanics
  • Plasticity
  • Textile composites


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