Implementation of a non-orthogonal constitutive model for the finite element simulation of textile composite draping

Robert S. Pierce, Brian G. Falzon, Mark C. Thompson, Romain Boman

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Abstract

In the pursuit of producing high quality, low-cost composite aircraft structures, out-of-autoclave manufacturing processes for textile reinforcements are being simulated with increasing accuracy. This paper focuses on the continuum-based, finite element modelling of textile composites as they deform during the draping process. A non-orthogonal constitutive model tracks yarn orientations within a material subroutine developed for Abaqus/Explicit, resulting in the realistic determination of fabric shearing and material draw-in. Supplementary material characterisation was experimentally performed in order to define the tensile and non-linear shear behaviour accurately. The validity of the finite element model has been studied through comparison with similar research in the field and the experimental lay-up of carbon fibre textile reinforcement over a tool with double curvature geometry, showing good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computational Mechanics
PublisherTrans Tech Publications
Pages76-81
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783038350682
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, ACCM 2013 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 3 Oct 20134 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
Volume553
ISSN (Print)1660-9336
ISSN (Electronic)1662-7482

Conference

Conference1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics, ACCM 2013
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CitySydney, NSW
Period3/10/134/10/13

Keywords

  • Composite materials
  • Draping
  • Process modelling
  • Textile reinforcements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)

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