Modeling the kinematics of multi-axial composite laminates as a stacking of 2D TIF plies
Document typeConference report
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics (AIP)
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Thermoplastic composites are widely considered in structural parts. In this paper attention is paid to sheet forming of continuous fiber laminates. In the case of unidirectional prepregs, the ply constitutive equation is modeled as a transversally isotropic fluid, that must satisfy both the fiber inextensibility as well as the fluid incompressibility. When the stacking sequence involves plies with different orientations the kinematics of each ply during the laminate deformation varies significantly through the composite thickness. In our former works we considered two different approaches when simulating the squeeze flow induced by the laminate compression, the first based on a penalty formulation and the second one based on the use of Lagrange multipliers. In the present work we propose an alternative approach that consists in modeling each ply involved in the laminate as a transversally isotropic fluid – TIF - that becomes 2D as soon as incompressibility constraint and plane stress assumption are taken into account. Thus, composites laminates can be analyzed as a stacking of 2D TIF models that could eventually interact by using adequate friction laws at the inter-ply interfaces.
CitationIbañez, R., Abisset-Chavanne, E., Chinesta, F., Huerta, A. Modeling the kinematics of multi-axial composite laminates as a stacking of 2D TIF plies. A: International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming. "19th International ESAFORM Conference on Material Forming (ESAFORM 2016): Nantes, France: April 27-29th, 2016: proceedings". Nantes: American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2016, p. 170046-1-170046-13.