Micromechanics-based multiscale progressive failure simulation of 3D woven composites under compressive loading with minimal material parameters

Tao Zheng, Licheng Guo*, Rinze Benedictus, John Alan Pascoe

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A novel micromechanics-based multiscale progressive damage model, employing minimal material parameters, is proposed in this paper to simulate the compressive failure behaviours of 3D woven composites (3DWC). The highly realistic constructions of microscopic and mesoscopic representative volume cells are accomplished, and a set of strain amplification factor is employed to bridge the meso-scale and micro-scale numerical calculations. Considering that the multiple failure mechanisms of 3DWC under compression are all caused by the matrix failure from the microscopic perspective, a new method incorporating the micromechanics of failure (MMF) theory and 3D kinking model is developed to identify the micro matrix failure associated with the kinking of yarns, inter-fiber fracture and pure matrix failure. As a result, only the matrix parameters are required for the failure simulation of 3DWC, eliminating the necessity of using other material parameters such as the fracture toughness and failure strengths of fiber yarns, which are generally difficult to accurately obtain through experiments. The newly proposed damage model is numerically integrated into ABAQUS with a user-defined subroutine UMAT. The numerical predictions and the experimental results exhibit good agreement, verifying the feasibility and accuracy of the novel damage model.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109227
Number of pages12
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • A. Polymer-matrix composites (PMCs)
  • A. Textile composites
  • B. Non-linear behaviour
  • C. Multiscale modeling
  • C. Representative volume element (RVE)


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