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Publication - Dr Bassam Elsaied

    Kinematic modelling of 3D woven fabric deformation for structural scale features


    El Said, B, Green, S & Hallett, SR, 2014, ‘Kinematic modelling of 3D woven fabric deformation for structural scale features’. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, vol 57., pp. 95-107


    A multi-scale approach to modelling is optimal for computationally intensive problems of a hierarchical nature such as 3D woven composites. In this paper an approach capable of modelling feature/component scale fabric deformations and defects is proposed. The proposed technique starts with a meso-scale model for predicting the as-woven geometry of a single unit cell using a high fidelity digital element method. The unit cell geometry is then converted into a macro-scale fabric model by geometric reduction then tessellation. On the macro-scale, two and three dimensional approaches to yarn geometry representation are proposed, with an accompanying yarn mechanical model. Each approach is evaluated based on solution accuracy and computational efficiency. The proposed approach is then verified against experimental results on the meso- and macro-scales. The applicability of this modelling technique to larger scale compaction problems is then investigated. The proposed algorithm was found to be accurate and computationally efficient. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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