3-D micromechanical model for predicting the elastic behaviour of woven laminates

Mauriclo V. Donadon, Brian G. Falzon, Lorenzo Lannucci, John M. Hodgkinson

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This paper presents an analytical model for the prediction of the elastic behaviour of plain-weave fabric composites. The fabric is a hybrid plain-weave with different materials and undulations in the warp and weft directions. The derivation of the effective material properties is based on classical laminate theory (CLT).

The theoretical predictions have been compared with experimental results and predictions using alternative models available in the literature. Composite laminates were manufactured using the resin infusion under flexible tooling (RIFT) process and tested under tension and in-plane shear loading to validate the model. A good correlation between theoretical and experimental results for the prediction of in-plane properties was obtained. The limitations of the existing theoretical models based on classical laminate theory (CLT) for predicting the out-of-plane mechanical properties are presented and discussed. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2467-2477
Number of pages11
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Issue number11-12
Early online date17 Jan 2007
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Ceramics and Composites


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