Modelling of thermoplastic polymer failure in fiber reinforced composites

B. N. Fedulov, A. A. Safonov, M. M. Kantor, S. V. Lomov

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    The paper proposes a material model that characterizes the plastic behavior and damage accumulation in thermoplastic matrix in dependence on the type of the stress state that the matrix undergoes during loading. The model is applied (1) to the case of transversal tension loading of periodic cells of unidirectional composites with random spacing of fibers and (2) to the analysis of interface failure during fiber pull out tests. The first case validates the theory on the base of the experimental data for PEEK carbon reinforced composites. In the second case it is shown that in the interface area, with increase of plasticity deformations, the matrix material displays strengthening effect due to changes of stress state type. All constants required for stress analysis are given in terms of standard models embedded in well-known commercial FEM suites.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)293-301
    Number of pages9
    JournalComposite Structures
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


    • Failure criterion
    • Plasticity criterion
    • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
    • Thermoplastic composite


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