Computational micromechanics model based failure criteria for chopped carbon fiber sheet molding compound composites

Published on Nov 10, 2020in Composites Science and Technology7.094
· DOI :10.1016/J.COMPSCITECH.2020.108400
Haibin Tang5
Estimated H-index: 5
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Zhangxing Chen7
Estimated H-index: 7
+ 6 AuthorsXuming Su18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Ford Motor Company)
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Abstract
Abstract Chopped carbon fiber sheet molding compound has a great potential in lightweight automotive, marine, and aerospace applications. One of the most challenging tasks is to predict the failure strength of the material due to its anisotropy and heterogeneity, as well as complex stress states in real-world working conditions. In this paper, a novel constitutive model of carbon fiber chip is proposed to capture the pre- and post-failure behaviors under different loading modes. On this basis, we propose a new computational micromechanics model, which is calibrated and validated by uniaxial tensile, compressive, and in-plane shear experiments. Furthermore, a set of microstructures representative volume element (RVE) models under complex loading conditions are reconstructed to understand the relationship between the microstructure characteristics and the failure envelopes. Finally, several modified versions of classical failure criteria are proposed for anisotropic materials with consideration of the fiber orientation tensor. The modified Tsai-Wu failure criterion, which shows the best accuracy among all failure criteria, is highlighted in the comparative study.
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