Multiscale damage analysis of a plain carbon weave incorporating material variability

L. F. Varandas, A. R. Melro, G. Catalanotti, B. G. Falzon

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The mechanical behaviour and progressive damage of a plain woven carbon-epoxy fabric at different length scales is modelled, taking into account the weave's geometric, and consequently, material variability. Micromechanical simulations are performed with different fibre volume fractions using a fibre distribution algorithm in order to obtain the mechanical properties of the tows along their length. A Representative Unit Cell (RUC) is generated and a set of in-plane Periodic Boundary Conditions (PBCs) implemented in order to run non-homogenised mesomechanical analyses. The influence of material variability is captured through volumetric homogenisation to study damage evolution and corresponding stiffness degradation in a plain weave fibre architecture under different loading conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECCM 2018: 18th European Conference on Composite Materials: Proceedings
PublisherApplied Mechanics Laboratory
ISBN (Electronic)9781510896932
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2019
Event18th European Conference on Composite Materials 2018 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 24 Jun 201828 Jun 2018


Conference18th European Conference on Composite Materials 2018
Abbreviated titleECCM 2018


  • Computational mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Mechanical properties
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Textile composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites


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