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A FEA Simulation Model for Thin-Walled C-Section Composite Beam Assembling With R-Angle Deviation

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Hua Wang, Suo Si

Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Paper No. IMECE2014-36956, pp. V02AT02A043; 7 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2A: Advanced Manufacturing
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4643-8
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


There are unavoidable deviations, such as shrinkage and distortions, in the composite detail parts production due to the complexity of composites fabrication. Interests in the assembly analysis of composite beams have led to a need for more accurate analysis especially in the case of fabrication deviations. This work proposes a numerical finite element model of thin-walled C-section composite beam with R-angle deviation for assembling. The rule of Hashin failure combined with cohesive element is applied to study the mechanical performance of the fiber and matrix (implemented as user subroutine UMAT in ABAQUS) while positioning and clamping. Tension and compression tests are carried out based on available standards to determine the C-section beam behavior under load. The testing data validates the proposed numerical model. The numerical model captures the experimentally obtained results with minimal error, and predicts the failure modes successfully. The proposed model allows to determine accurately the first failure location and the associated load level. It will enhance the understanding of the composite components pre-loading analysis, and help systematically improving the composites assembling efficiency in civil aircraft industry.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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