Modelling VARTM process induced variations on bending performance of composite Omega beams

Zeng, Xuesen and Schubel, Peter and Lorrillard, Julien (2016) Modelling VARTM process induced variations on bending performance of composite Omega beams. Composites Part A, 90. pp. 371-379. ISSN 1359-835X

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Finite element simulation with cohesive contact is presented, to correlate the vacuum assisted RTM process and the bending performance of Omega beams. The model considers the process induced variations, including part thickness, resin rich pockets and voids. The bending performance prediction relies on cohesive contact to model delamination initiation and propagation. Computing efficiency is achieved by mesh scaling. The modelling approach applies to three variations of Omega beams with the different mode-mixture ratios. The finite element predictions result in a high degree of agreement with the experimental measurements.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 01:58
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 03:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: delamination; defects; cohesive interface modelling; vacuum infusion
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401602 Composite and hybrid materials
40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401706 Numerical modelling and mechanical characterisation
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
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