Predicting the effect of stitching on the mechanical properties and damage of non-crimp fabric composites: Finite element analysis

D. S. Ivanov*, S. V. Lomov, I. Verpoest

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Abstract

The stitching of unidirectional (UD) plies distorts and crimps the fibres and, inevitably, compromises the properties of the final part. Mesoanalysis, overviewed in this chapter, aims at prediction of the effect of stitching on mechanical performance, i.e stiffness, damage initiation threshold, stiffness degradation, non-elastic deformations, and strength. Various representative volumes and boundary conditions for modelling are discussed. The results are compared with the experiments described in Chapter 11.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-Crimp Fabric Composites: Manufacturing, Properties and Applications
PublisherButterworths
Pages360-385
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781845697624
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Boundary conditions
  • Damage
  • Failure mechanisms
  • Representative volume element
  • Unit cell

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