Damage in short-fiber composites: From the microscale to the continuum solid

Ba Nghiep Nguyen, Brian J. Tucker, Mohammad A. Khaleel

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This paper proposes a multiscale mechanistic approach to damage in short-fiber polymer composites (SFPC). At the microscale, the damage mechanisms are analyzed using micromechanical modeling, and the associated damage variables are defined. The stiffness reduction law dependent on these variables is then established. The macroscopic response is determined using thermodynamics of continuous media, continuum damage mechanics and finite element analysis. Final failure resulting from saturation of matrix microcracks, fiber/matrix debonding, fiber pull-out and breakage is modeled by a vanishing element technique. The model was validated using the experimental data and results from literature, as well as those obtained from a random glass/vinyl ester system.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberIMECE2004-59129
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004
Event2004 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: 13 Nov 200419 Nov 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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