Multiscale 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 the "ingredients necessary to start multi-scale modeling, nonlinear multi-scale modeling, and 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 crushing).
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).
- 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 very demanding), analytical and quasi-analytical approaches (Mean Field Homogenization, Variational mechanics), and techniques for model order reduction
Part II Constitutive modelling of material nonlinearity and damage at micro- and meso-scale 8. Modelling Matrix Nonlinearity 9. Modelling Fiber/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 fiber-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 scales 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 composites 23. Hybrid multi-scale modelling of fatigue and damage in random discontinuous fiber composites
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 200 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 Science and Technology" (ranked 1st 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 valorization consortium for composite materials.