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A Rate Dependent Constitutive Model for Glass-Fibre / Epoxy-Matrix Woven Fabrics

S. Marguet1, P. Rozycki1, L. Gornet1, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, GeM, UMR CNRS 6183, 1 rue de la Noë, BP 92101, 44321 Nantes Cedex 03, France.

Computers, Materials & Continua 2006, 4(3), 119-136.


This paper deals with the modelling until rupture of composite structures made of glass-fibre / epoxy-resin woven fabrics submitted to dynamic loadings. The model is built at the mesoscale of the elementary ply. It takes into account the slightly nonlinear brittle behaviour of the fibres under tensile sollicitations, their nonlinear behaviour in compression as well as the strongly non linear and irreversible behaviour of the ply in shear. Strain rate effects are also introduced and special attention is paid to the objectivity of the model in the context of finite element calculation. Therefore the choice of a delayed damage mesomodel coupled with viscoplasticity is made. In order to identify the values of the parameters of the model, an optimization procedure based on a gradient-free direct search method has been developed. As a logical proceeding to this study, the model ability to avoid strain localization and mesh dependence is then checked on simple uniaxial examples. The last part of this paper is devoted to structural calculation. The results of the simulations of both the impact on composite plate and the crushing of thin-walled tube demonstrate the capability of the model to reproduce observed physical phenomena.


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S. . Marguet, P. . Rozycki and L. . Gornet, "A rate dependent constitutive model for glass-fibre / epoxy-matrix woven fabrics," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 4, no.3, pp. 119–136, 2006.

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