Implementation of a finite element analysis procedure for structural analysis of shape memory behaviour of fibre reinforced shape memory polymer composites

Al Azzawi, Wessam and Epaarachchi, J. A. and Islam, Mainul and Leng, Jinsong (2017) Implementation of a finite element analysis procedure for structural analysis of shape memory behaviour of fibre reinforced shape memory polymer composites. Smart Materials and Structures, 26 (12). ISSN 0964-1726


Shape memory polymers (SMPs) offer a unique ability to undergo a substantial shape deformation and subsequently recover the original shape when exposed to a particular
external stimulus. Comparatively low mechanical properties being the major drawback for extended use of SMPs in engineering applications. However the inclusion of reinforcing fibres in to SMPs improves mechanical properties significantly while retaining intrinsic shape
memory effects. The implementation of shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) in any engineering application is a unique task which requires profound materials and design
optimization. However currently available analytical tools have critical limitations to undertake accurate analysis/simulations of SMPC structures and slower derestrict transformation of breakthrough research outcomes to real-life applications. Many finite element (FE) models have been presented. But majority of them require a complicated usersubroutines to integrate with standard finite element software packages. Furthermore, those
subroutines are problem specific and difficult to use for a wider range of SMPC materials and related structures. This paper presents a finite element simulation technique to model the thermomechanical behavior of the SMPCs using commercial finite element software ABAQUS. Proposed technique incorporates material time-dependent viscoelastic behavior. The ability of the proposed technique to predict the shape fixity and shape recovery was evaluated by experimental data acquired by a bending of a SMPC cantilever beam. The excellent correlation between the experimental and FE simulation results has confirmed the robustness of the proposed technique.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 22:15
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 00:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: SMP composites; fixity and recovery of SMP
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0901 Aerospace Engineering > 090199 Aerospace Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8613 Transport Equipment > 861301 Aerospace Equipment
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810101 Air Force
B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8614 Machinery and Equipment > 861499 Machinery and Equipment not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/aa928e

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