Numerical simulation of strain-rate dependent transition of transverse tensile failure mode in fiber-reinforced composites

Jun Koyanagi, Yukihiro Sato, Toshiki Sasayama, Tomonaga Okabe, Satoru Yoneyama

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Abstract

This study numerically simulates strain-rate dependent transverse tensile failure of unidirectional composites. The authors' previous study reported that the failure mode depends on the strain rate, with an interface-failure-dominant mode at a relatively high strain rate and a matrix-failure-dominant mode at relatively low strain rate. The present study aims to demonstrate this failure-mode transition by a periodic unit-cell simulation containing 20 fibers located randomly in the matrix. An elasto-viscoplastic constitutive equation that involves continuum damage mechanics regarding yielding and cavitation-induced brittle failure is used for the matrix. A cohesive zone model is employed for the fiber-matrix interface, considering mixed-mode interfacial failure. For the results, the relationship between failure modes and the strain rate is consistent with the authors' previous studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
Number of pages7
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • B. Debonding
  • C. Damage mechanics
  • C. Finite element analysis (FEA)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Mechanics of Materials

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