Finite Element Modelling of Composite Materials and Structures


  • F L Matthews
  • G A O Davies
  • D Hitchings
  • C Soutis, Sheffield University

Finite element modelling of composite materials and structures provides an introduction to a technique which is increasingly being used as an analytical tool for composite materials.

The text is presented in four parts:
  • Part one sets the scene and reviews the fundamentals of composite materials together with the basic nature of FRP and its constituents. Two-dimensional stress-strain is covered, as is laminated plated theory and its limitations.
  • Part two reviews the basic principles of FE analysis, starting with underlying theoretical issues and going on to show how elements are derived, a model is generated and results are processed.
  • Part three builds on the basics of FE analysis and considers the particular issues that arise in applying finite elements to composites, especially to the layered nature of the material.
  • Part four deals with the application of FE to FRP composites, presenting analytical models alongside FE representations. Specific issues addressed include interlaminar stresses, fracture delamination, joints and fatigue.
This book is invaluable for students of materials science and engineering, and for engineers and others wishing to expand their knowledge of structural analysis.
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Students of materials science and engineering, engineers, and others wishing to expand their knowledge of structural analysis


Book information

  • Published: October 2000
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-422-7


This book is recommended to engineering students and practising engineers who would like to get up to speed fairly quickly and become familiar with the FE methods., Applied Mechanics Reviews

Table of Contents

Part 1 Review of composite materials: Overview; Fundamentals of composites. Part 2 Fundamentals of finite element analysis. Part 3 Finite elements applied to composite materials: Composites and finite element analysis; Definition of composite materials in finite element analysis. Part 4 Analytical and numerical modelling: Interlaminar stresses and free edge stresses; Fracture and fracture mechanics; Delamination; Joining; Fatigue.