Multiscale computational homogenisation to predict the long-term durability of composite structures

Zahur Ullah, Lukasz Kaczmarczyk, Chris J Pearce

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A fully coupled hygro-thermo-mechanical computational framework based on the multi-scale computational homogenisation is proposed for fibre reinforced polymers. At each macrostructure Gauss point, constitutive matrices for thermal, moisture transport and mechanical responses were calculated from the computational homogenisation of underlying representative volume element (RVE). A degradation model, developed from experimental data relating evolution of mechanical properties over time for a given exposure temperature and moisture concentration was also incorporated in the proposed computational framework. A unified approach is used to impose the RVE boundary conditions, which allows convenient switching between displacement, traction and periodic boundary conditions. A plain weave textile composite RVE consisting of matrix and yarns embedded in the matrix is considered in this case. Both matrix and yarns within the RVE were considered as isotropic materials. Furthermore, the computational framework utilises the flexibility of hierarchic basis functions and distributed memory parallel programming.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation for Computational Mechanics in Engineering (ACME), Swansea University, Swansea, UK
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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