Application of the embedded element technique to predict interlaminar failure

Joosten,MW, Wang,CH, Mouritz,A, Khatibi,AA, Agius,S, Dingle,M, Trippit,B and Cox,B 2014, Application of the embedded element technique to predict interlaminar failure, in ASC 2014 : Proceedings of the American Society for Composites 29th Technical Conference, DEStech Publications, [San Diego, Calif.], pp. 1-14.

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Title Application of the embedded element technique to predict interlaminar failure
Author(s) Joosten,MWORCID iD for Joosten,MW orcid.org/0000-0002-4602-3246
Wang,CH
Mouritz,A
Khatibi,AA
Agius,S
Dingle,M
Trippit,B
Cox,B
Conference name American Society for Composites. Conference (29th : 2014 : San Diego, California)
Conference location San Diego, California
Conference dates 8-10 Sept. 2014
Title of proceedings ASC 2014 : Proceedings of the American Society for Composites 29th Technical Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2014
Conference series American Society for Composites Technical Conference
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Publisher DEStech Publications
Place of publication [San Diego, Calif.]
Summary In this study a modelling technique, namely, the embedded element method is assessed to evaluate its ability to predict Mode I interlaminar failure. The embedded element technique takes advantage of the embedded constraint in ABAQUS and allows the two constituents, fibre and matrix, to be meshed independently. Since the two constituents can be meshed independently a contiguous mesh is not required and the time taken to create an acceptable mesh is significantly reduced. The embedded element technique has been used to model fibre-reinforced composite structures, however, to date no studies have been conducted which combine the embedded element technique with an interlaminar damage model. The work described herein evaluates the ability of the embedded element technique to predict mode I interlaminar failure. DCB specimens were modelled using the embedded element method and a traditional 3D solid FE modelling approach with the predictions compared against experimental data. Both modelling approaches provided good agreement with experimental results. The good agreement demonstrates that the embedded element technique is capable of providing a response that is equivalent to a traditional 3D solid FE models and is particularly suited to modelling thick composite structures with complex geometry.
ISBN 9781605951249
Language eng
Field of Research 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio Economic Objective 869999 Manufacturing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, DEStech Publications
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