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Multi-Scale Continuum Mechanics Modelling of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128189849

Multi-Scale Continuum Mechanics Modelling of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites

1st Edition

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Editor: Wim Van Paepegem
Paperback ISBN: 9780128189849
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st October 2020
Page Count: 630
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Table of Contents

Part I Geometry construction and homogenization of linear elastic material behaviour at micro- and meso-scale

1. Multiscale Framework. Concept of Geometry, Materials, Load Conditions and Homogenization

2. Micro-scale Reprensentative Volume Element (RVE)

3. Geometry Modelling and Elastic Property Prediction for Short Fibre Composites

4. Meso-Ccale Geometry Generation for Textile Composites

5. Meso-scale Reprensentative Volume Element (RVE)

6. Detailed Comparison of Analytical and FE-Based Homogenization Approaches for Meso-Scale

7. Applications of Maxwell’s methodology to the prediction of the effective properties of composite materials

Part II Constitutive modelling of material nonlinearity and damage at micro- and meso-scale

8. Modelling Matrix Nonlinearity

9. Modelling Fibre/Matrix Interface Debonding and Matrix Cracking

10. Modeling Defect Severity for Failure Analysis of Composites

11. Micromechanical modelling of interlaminar damage propagation and migration

12. Modelling the longitudinal failure of fibre-reinforced composites at micro- and meso-scale

13. Multi-scale modelling in textile composites: modelling weft yarn cracking, plasticity/damage in resin pockets, link to instrumentation to get input properties

14. Experimental-Numerical Microstructure Characterization of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Structures

Part III Macro-scale ply-based modelling and virtual testing of composite laminates

15. Virtual identification of macroscopic material laws from lower scale

16. Modeling damage evolution in multidirectional laminates: micro to macro

17. Physics-based methodology for predicting ply cracking and laminate failure in symmetric composite laminates under multiaxial loading condition

18. Meso-scale modeling of delamination using the cohesive zone model approach

19. Virtual Testing Framework for Composite Laminates

20. Multi-scale modelling of open-hole composite laminates and 3D woven composites

21. Multi-scale modelling of laminated composite structures with defects and features

22. Multi-scale fatigue modelling in composite

23. Hybrid multi-scale modelling of fatigue and damage in random discontinuous fibre composites


Multi-scale Continuum Mechanics Modelling of Fibre-Reinforced Polymer Composites provides a comprehensive and state-of-the-art review on the application and use of multiscale modeling to predict damage mechanisms in composite materials. Following a logical structure, the book is divided into three main parts, including (i) the "ingredients" necessary to start multi-scale modeling, (ii) nonlinear multi-scale modeling, and (iii) the laminate scale or macro-scale, where all multi-scale modeling tools are applied for the virtual testing of laminates (in static loading, but also sometimes for prediction of fatigue and effect of defects).

As mentioned above, in all three parts, the main types of fiber reinforcements are covered (unidirectionally reinforced composites, textile composites and short fiber composites). The book's focus is always on physically sound damage modeling and continuum mechanics (no attention to special discrete methods or particle methods).

Key Features

  • Comprehensive overview on the modeling on all three important scales, including micro-scale, meso-scale and macro-scale
  • Covers not only unidirectionally reinforced composites, but also textile composites, short fiber composites, and the geometrical modeling of their fiber reinforcement architecture
  • Covers finite-element based techniques (which are computationally more demanding), analytical and quasi-analytical approaches (Mean Field Homogenization, Variational mechanics)


PhD students and post-doctoral researchers involved in modelling of composites; materials scientists, R&D engineers using commercial software tools for multi-scale modelling of composites in industry; those working in composite mechanics; people working in software houses developing FE and other numerical packages and design tools


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About the Editor

Wim Van Paepegem

Wim Van Paepegem is full professor and head of the research group "Mechanics of Materials and Structures" at Ghent University in Belgium. The group’s research is focussed on experimental and computational mechanics of fibre-reinforced composites, polymers, foams and additively manufactured polymers and metals, as well as non-destructive testing of those materials. Wim Van Paepegem has published more than 240 peer-reviewed Science Citation Index (SCI) journal papers in these research domains. He is serving as an Editorial Board Member for the international journals "Composites Part B" and "Composites Science and Technology" (both top-ranked in composite field), "Polymer Testing" and "Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures". He has already received five personal awards for his academic achievements, including the "Best Young Researcher" award from the European Society for Composite Materials, the UGent Prometheus award for research and the Laureate prize of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and Arts. He is currently involved in more than twenty European, national, regional and bilateral research projects and over the last five years, four spin-off companies have been initiated out of his research group. Prof. Van Paepegem is also coordinator of the UGent valorization consortium for composite materials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Ghent University, Belgium