Finite element micromechanics modeling of inelastic deformation of unidirectionally fiber-reinforced composites
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Part II (Simple and Unified Finite Element Formulation for Doubly Periodic Models: Applications to Boron/Aluminum Composites): A simple and unified weak formulation and its convenient FE implementation have been proposed. The weak formulation is valid for any doubly periodic model under uniform 3-D macro-stress, and serves as a common rational foundation of different FE approaches. The algorithmic tangent matrix approach for the endochronic theory has been incorporated into the FE formulation to model isothermal, rate-independent plastic macro-deformation of unidirectional fibrous composites with idealized two-phase micro-structure and backed-out inelastic matrix properties. Methods for determining inelastic material parameters of the matrix have been established. Numerical results for a B/6061 AI composite subjected to on-axis and off-axis monotonic tensile loadings are in good agreement with experimental data. The micromechanics model also shows the potential for quantitative characterization of complicated cyclic behavior. Finally, some effects of model geometry on overall plastic response of the B/6061 AI composite are discussed from the viewpoint of theoretical-experimental correlation.
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