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  1. Fibrous Shell Approach and 3D Second Gradient Modeling for Textile Composite Draping

    10 Dec 2021 | Contributor(s): Philippe Boisse

    Composite manufacturing processes are often complex and process simulation is a way to avoid costly trial-anderror development. Simulations of composites textile reinforcements draping use shell finite elements for which the bending behavior is very particular. The fibrous composition of the...

  2. A Semi-Discrete Model for Progressive Damage and Failure of Fiber Reinforced Laminates

    15 Nov 2021 | Contributor(s): Anthony M Waas

    High-strength and high-stiffness carbon fiber-reinforced polymer composite laminates (CFRP) are being increasingly used for primary load bearing structures in many industries. The most common material system used is based on thermoset resins (matrix material), which come in the form of convenient...

  3. Control of Reaction Fronts for Rapid Energy-Efficient Manufacturing of Multifunctional Polymers and Composites

    04 Jun 2021

    This lecture describes a new manufacturing platform technology that allows for near net-zero energy fabrication of structural polymers and composites. The approach is predicated on the exploitation of a self-propagating polymerization reaction occurring in a system undergoing reaction and...

  4. Sustainable Manufacturing of Composite Materials

    21 May 2021 | Contributor(s): Pascal Hubert

    The growing use of composite materials in aerospace, transportation, recreational products and renewable energy production manufacturing has created a critical need for low-cost sustainable manufacturing methods. The current methods of consolidation and cure are not compatible with the projected...

  5. Rheology of Carbon Fiber Thermoplastic Polymer Composites

    26 Apr 2021 | Contributor(s): Byron Pipes

    The rheology of fiber–reinforced thermoplastic composites will be presented with specific focus on several topics studied over the past three decades. Interest in the elongational viscosity of collimated, discontinuous fiber systems was initiated by the introduction of impregnated, stretch...

  6. Practical Developments in Multiscale Modeling of Composites

    07 Apr 2021 | Contributor(s): Steven Arnold

    Validated models (be they data driven or physics based) can accelerate the design, certification, and ultimate deployment of novel materials and structures by allowing rapid iteration and virtual experimentation while at the same time minimizing the need for expensive and time consuming physical...

  7. Jupyter Notebook (hub version 6.0)

    10 Mar 2021

    Jupyter notebook running in anaconda-6 environment

  8. Advances in Polymer Composites' Tribology

    05 Mar 2021

    In numerous friction and wear applications, the use of polymers and polymer composites has become state of the art. Nevertheless, further developments are still under way to explore new fields of application for these materials and to tailor their properties under more extreme loading conditions....

  9. Recent Developments in Computational Approaches to Model Laminated Composite Shells and Damage and Fracture in Solids

    16 Feb 2021

    In this lecture, two different topics of considerable interest to composite materials and structural mechanics communities are discussed. The first topic deals with the development of locking-free shell finite elements with thickness stretch for the nonlinear analysis of isotropic and laminated...

  10. VABS: Modeling Composite Beam-like Structures with 3D FEA Fidelity

    06 Feb 2021 | Contributor(s): Wenbin Yu

    This presentation was given at Altair Virtual ATCx Composites: Variational asymptotic beam section (VABS) is a unique technology continuously funded by the US Army since 1988 and it has become a tool of choice in the helicopter and wind turbine...

  11. Structure Genome: a Unified Multiscale Approach to Bridging Materials Genome and Structural Analysis

    06 Feb 2021 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Wenbin Yu

    This Talk was given at GALCIT (Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology):​ Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) aim to accelerate discovery, developing, manufacturing,...

  12. Novel Powder Epoxy Composites for Thick-Section Structures

    25 Jan 2021 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Conchur O'Bradaigh

    This seminar discusses the ongoing work at The University of Edinburgh on the processing, design and testing of thicksection composites for industrial structures such as large wind and tidal turbine blades, via powder epoxy resin systems. Thick-section composite parts are difficult to manufacture...

  13. Emerging Role of Process Models & Simulations in Composites Manufacturing

    07 Dec 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Suresh Advani

    This talk will highlight the ever increasing benefits of process modeling in Composite Manufacturing processes. First, the use of science base approach of materials processing, which integrates material parameters with transport phenomena at various scales during manufacturing to create...

  14. The Challenges of Determining the Strength of Composites

    24 Nov 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Michael R Wisnom

    Why are there such large differences in reported strengths of composites? Some of the reasons are the definition of strength, material variability, poor test methods, and subtle variations in carrying out the tests. But there are other important factors that affect strength that are not...

  15. iVABS

    19 Nov 2020 | Downloads | Contributor(s): Su Tian, Haodong Du, Fei Tao, Wenbin Yu

    iVABS (namely integrated VABS), is a design framework for composite slender structures (also called composite beams) such as helicopter rotor blades, wind turbine blades, high aspect ratio wings, bridges, shafts, etc. This framework bundles PreVABS, VABS, GEBT, Dakota, along with msgpi for...

  16. Adaptive Sampling Assisted Surrogate Modeling of Initial Failure Envelopes of Composite Structures

    10 Nov 2020 | Publications | Contributor(s): Su Tian, Wenbin Yu

  17. Automating the Lay-up of Geometrically Complex Composite Structures Made from Preimpregnated Reinforcements: a Route to a Roadmap

    04 Nov 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kevin Potter

    A significant amount of research and industrial effort has been expended on the development of equipment such as automated fibre placement machines to lay-up prepregged reinforcements into structures of relatively simple geometry such as wing skins and spars, and fuselage structures. These...

  18. Defect Coupling Predicting the Strength and Life of Fiberous Composite Laminates

    16 Oct 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Kenneth L Reifsnider

    After more than 30 years of careful experimental investigation and exhaustive development of discrete damage analysis methods including integrated computational mechanics methods, our community knows a great deal about how discrete defects such as matrix cracks and defect growth (e.g....

  19. A Manufacturing Sensitive Design Strategy for Composite Materials Using Physical Modeling and Stochastic Simulation of Defects

    02 Oct 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Ramesh Talreja

    This presentation outlines a strategy for designing composite structures accounting for the presence of defects that are inevitable in a practical manufacturing process. The essential ingredients of the strategy are incorporation of defects in physical models for assessment of composite...

  20. Digital Disruption of Composites Manufacturing and Design

    18 Sep 2020 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Anoush Poursartip

    Composite materials and structures are an excellent example of how engineering practice often outpaces scientific knowledge. Born in the analog world of the 1960s, carbon-fibre composites manufacturing and design practice is a complex and often fragile construct that is primarily driven by the...