Meso-scale modelling of 3D woven composite T-joints with weave variations

Yan, Shibo and Zeng, Xuesen and Long, Andrew (2019) Meso-scale modelling of 3D woven composite T-joints with weave variations. Composites Science and Technology, 171. pp. 171-179. ISSN 0266-3538


A meso-scale modelling framework is proposed to simulate the 3D woven fibre architectures and the mechanical performance of the composite T-joints, subjected to quasi-static tensile pull-off loading. The proposed method starts with building the realistic reinforcement geometries of the 3D woven T-joints at the mesoscale, of which the modelling strategy is applicable for other types of geometries with weave variations at the T-joint junction. Damage modelling incorporates both interface and constituent material damage, in conjunction with a continuum damage mechanics approach to account for the progressive failure behaviour. With a voxel based cohesive zone model, the proposed method is able to model mode I delamination based on the voxel mesh technique, which has advantages in meshing. Predicted results are in good agreement with experimental data beyond initial failure, in terms of load-displacement responses, failure events, damage initiation and propagation. The significant effect of fibre architecture variations on mechanical behaviour is successfully predicted through this modelling method without any further correlation of input parameters in damage model. This predictive method will facilitate the design and optimisation of 3D woven T-joint preforms.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version embargoed until 1 March 2020 (12 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: No Faculty
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 05:23
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: textile composites; mechanical properties; modelling; finite element analysis (FEA)
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810101 Air Force
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