Multi-Scale Modelling of Composite Material Systems

The Art of Predictive Damage Modelling

Edited by

  • C Soutis, Sheffield University
  • P W R Beaumont, Cambridge University, UK

One of the most important and exciting areas of composites research is the development of modelling techniques to predict the response of composite materials to different types of stress. Predictive modelling provides the opportunity both to understand better how composites behave in different conditions and to develop materials with enhanced performance for particular industrial applications. Multi-scale modelling of composite material systems summarises the key research in this area and its implications for industry.

The book covers modelling approaches ranging from the micron to the metre in scale, and from the single fibre to complete composite structures. Individual chapters discuss a variety of material types from laminates and fibre-reinforced composites to monolithic and sandwich composites. They also analyse a range of types of stress and stress response from fracture and impact to wear and fatigue. Authors also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of particular models.

With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Multi-scale modelling of composite material systems is a standard reference for both academics and manufacturers in such areas as aerospace, automotive and civil engineering.
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Academics and manufacturers in such areas as aerospace, automotive, and civil engineering


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-85573-936-9

Table of Contents

Molecular modelling of composite matrix properties; Interfacial damage modelling of composites; Multi-scale predictive modelling of cracking in laminate composites; Modelling the strength of fibre-reinforced composites; Cracking models; Multi-scale modelling of cracking in cross-ply laminates; Modelling damage in laminate composites; Progressive multi-scale modelling of composite laminates; Predicting fracture of laminate composites; Modelling the compressive response behaviour of monolithic and sandwich composite structures; Modelling composite reinforcement by stitching and z-pinning; Finite element modelling of brittle matrix composites; Wear modelling of polymer composites; Modelling impact damage in composite structural elements; Modelling structural damage using elastic wave-based techniques; Modelling the fatigue behaviour of bonded joints in composite materials.