Next Article in Journal
Ferromagnetic Objects Magnetovision Detection System
Previous Article in Journal
Room Temperature Co-Precipitation Synthesis of Magnetite Nanoparticles in a Large pH Window with Different Bases
Previous Article in Special Issue
Shear Behavior Models of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beams Modifying Softened Truss Model Approaches
Open AccessArticle

A Level-Set Based Representative Volume Element Generator and XFEM Simulations for Textile and 3D-Reinforced Composites

Building, Architecture and Town Planning Departement (BATir) CP 194/2, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Avenue F.D. Roosevelt 50, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Materials 2013, 6(12), 5568-5592; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma6125568
Received: 26 August 2013 / Revised: 13 November 2013 / Accepted: 15 November 2013 / Published: 28 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Constitutive Behavior of Composite Materials)
This contribution presents a new framework for the computational homogenization of the mechanical properties of textile reinforced composites. A critical point in such computational procedures is the definition and discretization of realistic representative volume elements (RVEs). A geometrically-based weave generator has been developed to produce realistic geometrical configurations of the reinforcing textile. This generator takes into account the contact conditions between the yarns in the reinforcement by means of an iterative scheme, accommodating the tension in the yarns in an implicit manner. The shape of the cross sections of the yarns can also be adapted as a function of the contact conditions using a level set-based post-processor. This allows a seamless transition towards an extended finite element (XFE) scheme, in which the obtained reinforcement geometry is subsequently exploited to derive the mechanical properties of the composite system using computational homogenization. View Full-Text
Keywords: textile-reinforced composites; RVE generation; level sets; extended finite elements; computational homogenization textile-reinforced composites; RVE generation; level sets; extended finite elements; computational homogenization
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

MDPI and ACS Style

Sonon, B.; Massart, T.J. A Level-Set Based Representative Volume Element Generator and XFEM Simulations for Textile and 3D-Reinforced Composites. Materials 2013, 6, 5568-5592.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Only visits after 24 November 2015 are recorded.
Back to TopTop