Interpreting the single fiber fragmentation test with numerical simulations

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Abstract

Characterization of the mechanical properties of the fiber/matrix interface is a challenge that needs to be addressed to enable accurate micromechanical modeling of failure in composite materials. In this paper a numerical investigation is presented into one of the tests that has been proposed for measuring these interfacial properties. A new cohesive zone model with friction is presented, as well as an original numerical framework for modeling of embedded fibers. The research generates new insight into the meaning of the single fiber fragmentation test, confirming the applicability of shear lag theory also in presence of multiple cracks, and emphasizing the relevance of matrix plasticity for the development of friction in the test. Although the frictional stress that can be obtained from the test should not be confused with the cohesive strength of the fiber/matrix interface, measurements of fracture process zone length can give indirect information on this cohesive strength.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-266
Number of pages8
JournalComposites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing
Volume118
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • B. Interface/interphase
  • B. Mechanical properties
  • C. Computational modelling
  • C. Micro-mechanics

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