A multi-fibre multi-layer representative volume element (M2RVE) for prediction of matrix and interfacial damage in composite laminates

Ganesh Soni, Ramesh Singh, Mira Mitra, Brian Falzon

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Abstract

Multiscale micro-mechanics theory is extensively used for the prediction of the material response and damage analysis of unidirectional lamina using a representative volume element (RVE). Th is paper presents a RVE-based approach to characterize the materi al response of a multi-fibre cross-ply laminate considering the effect of matrix damage and fibre-matrix interfacial strength. The framework of the homogenization theory for periodic media has been used for the analysis of a 'multi-fibre multi-layer representative volume element' (M2 RVE) representing cross-ply laminate. The non-homogeneous stress-strain fields within the M2RVE are related to the average stresses and strains by using Gauss theorem and the Hill-Mandal strain energy equivalence principle. The interfacial bonding strength affects the in-plane shear stress-strain response significantl y. The material response predicted by M2 RVE is in good agreement with the experimental results available in the literature. The maximum difference between the shear stress predicted using M2 RVE and the experimental results is ~15% for the bonding strength of 30MPa at the strain value of 1.1%
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2012
Event15th European Conference on Composite Materials - Venice, Italy
Duration: 24 Jun 201228 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference15th European Conference on Composite Materials
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityVenice
Period24/06/201228/06/2012

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