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Friction and Wear Modelling in Fiber-Reinforced Composites

L. Rodríguez-Tembleque1, M.H. Aliabadi2

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros, Universidad de Sevilla, Camino de los Descubrimientoss/n , Sevilla E-41092, Spain. E-mail:
Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, London SW72AZ, UK. E-mail:

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2014, 102(3), 183-210.


This work presents new contact constitutive laws for friction and wear modelling in fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP). These laws are incorporated to a numerical methodology which allows us to solve the contact problem taking into account the anisotropic tribological properties on the interfaces. This formulation uses the Boundary Element Method for computing the elastic influence coefficients. Furthermore, the formulation considers micromechanical models for FRP that also makes it possible to take into account the fiber orientation relative to the sliding direction, the fiber volume fraction, the aspect ratio of fibers, or the fiber arrangement. The proposed contact and wear laws, as well as the numerical methodology, are applied to compute and study wear in a carbon FRP. In these studies, it can be observed how the fiber orientation, micromechanics, or sliding orientation affect the normal and tangential contact compliance, as well as the contact traction distribution and wear evolution.


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Rodríguez-Tembleque, L., Aliabadi, M. (2014). Friction and wear modelling in fiber-reinforced composites. Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 102(3), 183-210.
Vancouver Style
Rodríguez-Tembleque L, Aliabadi M. Friction and wear modelling in fiber-reinforced composites. Comput Model Eng Sci. 2014;102(3):183-210
IEEE Style
L. Rodríguez-Tembleque and M. Aliabadi, "Friction and Wear Modelling in Fiber-Reinforced Composites," Comput. Model. Eng. Sci., vol. 102, no. 3, pp. 183-210. 2014.

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