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Modeling and Simulation of Woven Fabrics and Woven Fiber-Reinforced Composites Based on a Nonlinear Fiber Model

[+] Author Affiliations
Zheng-Dong Ma

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dongying Jiang, Yuanyuan Liu

MKP Structural Design Associates, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Paper No. DETC2007-35321, pp. 1527-1538; 12 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 6th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control, Parts A, B, and C
  • Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, September 4–7, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4806-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3806-4
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


A three-dimensional nonlinear thread formulation developed by the first two authors [1] has been extended in this paper for modeling and simulation of woven fabrics and fiber-reinforced composites of various configurations under arbitrary large deformation. The resultant model accounts for extensibility of the woven fibers in the composite, geometry nonlinearity, tension variation along the fiber, and other nonlinear effects due to the woven composition and large deformation. The new modeling effort includes the development of a contact model for simulating the contact between fibers, which can be used to predict high-fidelity behavior of woven fibers in the composite and their interactions. Matrix model is also added into the composite for studying the coupling between woven fibers and matrix material such as resin. The incremental form of original nonlinear equation is discretized using a finite element method with an iteration scheme. Two numerical examples are given to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed modeling technique.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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