Modelling the side impact of carbon fiber tubes

Sudharsan, R., Rolfe, B. F. and Hodgson, P. D. 2010, Modelling the side impact of carbon fiber tubes, in Proceedings of the joint 9th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 4th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics, 19-23 July, Sydney, New South Wales, IOP Publishing Ltd, Bristol, United Kingdom, pp. 1-10.

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Title Modelling the side impact of carbon fiber tubes
Author(s) Sudharsan, R.
Rolfe, B. F.ORCID iD for Rolfe, B. F. orcid.org/0000-0001-8516-6170
Hodgson, P. D.
Conference name World Congress on Computational Mechanics (9th : 2010 : Sydney, New South Wales)
Conference location Sydney, New South Wales
Conference dates 19-23 Jul. 2010
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the joint 9th World Congress on Computational Mechanics and 4th Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics, 19-23 July, Sydney, New South Wales
Editor(s) Khalili, Nasser
Valliappan, Somasundaram
Li, Qing
Russell, Adrian
Publication date 2010
Conference series World Congress on Computational Mechanics
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages xlvi, 333 p.
Publisher IOP Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Summary Metallic tubes have been extensively studied for their crashworthiness as they closely resemble automotive crash rails. Recently, the demand to improve fuel economy and reduce vehicle emissions has led automobile manufacturers to explore the crash properties of light weight materials such as fibre reinforced polymer composites, metallic foams and sandwich structures in order to use them as crash barriers. This paper discusses the response of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) tubes and their failure mechanisms during side impact. The energy absorption of CFRP tubes is compared to similar Aluminium tubes. The response of the CFRP tubes during impact was modelled using Abaqus finite element software with a composite fabric material model. The material inputs were given based on standard tension and compression test results and the in-plane damage was defined based on cyclic shear tests. The failure modes and energy absorption observed during the tests were well represented by the finite element model.
ISBN 9780980824407
Language eng
Field of Research 090204 Automotive Safety Engineering
Socio Economic Objective 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Related work DU:30042597
Copyright notice ©2010, IOP Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034375

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