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A paper on macroscopic stability of fiber composites

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Macroscopic instabilities of fiber reinforced composites undergoing large deformations are studied. Analytical predictions for the onset of instability are determined by application of a new variational estimate for the behavior of hyperelastic composites. The resulting, closed-form expressions, are compared with corresponding predictions of finite element simulations. The simulations are performed with 3-D models of periodic composites with hexagonal unit cell subjected to compression along the fibers as well as to non-aligned compression. Throughout, the analytical predictions for the failures of neo-Hookean and Gent composites are in agreement with the numerical simulations.

It is found that the critical stretch ratio for Gent composites is close to the one determined for neo-Hookean composites with similar volume fractions and contrasts between the phases properties.

During non-aligned compression the fibers rotate and hence, for some loading directions, the compression along the fibers never reaches the level at which loss of stability may occur.


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Prof. Stephan Rudykh

    It is a novel research work in area of fiber composites.I What to know what the stability analysis results will be if viscous(or elasto)-plastic properties of matrix is considered?  Thank you!

Pengfei Liu

Stephan Rudykh's picture

Thanks for your response! It's an interesting direction to go,  however it's quite far beyond the scope of the paper (in which I perform a homogenization of hyperelastic fiber composites with further analysis of global stability as it is based on the homogenized elastic moduli).  Anyway, I hope to explore such problems in future. 

 thanks again,


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