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A pragmatic approach for a 3D material model considering elasto-plastic behaviour, damage initiation by Puck or Cuntze and progressive failure of fibre-reinforced plastics

: Völkerink, O.; Petersen, E.; Koord, J.; Hühne, C.


Computers and Structures 236 (2020), Art.106280
ISSN: 0045-7949
Fraunhofer IWES ()

Fibre reinforced plastics with tough epoxy and thermoplastic matrices are spreading increasingly in many lightweight applications. For an efficient and reliable design the mechanical behaviour, considering non-linear plasticity, various failure modes under complex loading and damage progression, has to be estimated with numerical simulations. Most state-of-the-art continuum damage mechanics models do not consider the non-linear behaviour of the matrix material or are not suited for 3D solid elements. This work proposes a combined 3D continuum damage/plasticity model. It uses a single parameter flow criterion in combination with Cuntze's Failure Mode Concept (FMC) for intralaminar failure. The FMC requires no iterative fracture angle search as the Action Plane Strength Criterion by Puck (APSC). This work describes details of the developed model like the coupling of the FMC with a degradation model as well as the implementation into Abaqus/Standard. A validation against o pen-hole tension tests made out of AS4/PEEK from literature is performed. It can be shown that the prediction of experimental failure loads with the FMC as well as with the APSC provides comparable results. The maximum deviations are between -7.85% and +12.85%. However, the computation times for predictions with the FMC are significantly less than with the APSC.