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Title: A Comparative study of two RVE modelling methods for chopped carbon fiber SMC

Abstract

To achieve vehicle light-weighting, the chopped carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) is identified as a promising material to replace metals. However, there are no effective tools and methods to predict the mechanical property of the chopped carbon fiber SMC due to the high complexity in microstructure features and the anisotropic properties. In this paper, the Representative Volume Element (RVE) approach is used to model the SMC microstructure. Two modeling methods, the Voronoi diagram-based method and the chip packing method, are developed for material RVE property prediction. The two methods are compared in terms of the predicted elastic modulus and the predicted results are validated using the Digital Image Correlation (DIC) tensile test results. Furthermore, the advantages and shortcomings of these two methods are discussed in terms of the required input information and the convenience of use in the integrated processing-microstructure-property analysis.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Ford Motor Company
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Vehicle Technologies Office (EE-3V)
OSTI Identifier:
1431172
DOE Contract Number:  
EE0006867
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Journal Volume: 1; Conference: WCX17: SAE World Congress Experience
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
SMC; multiscale; RVE; mesostructure reconstruction; orientation tensor

Citation Formats

Chen, Zhangxing, Li, Yi, Shao, Yimin, Huang, Tianyu, Xu, Hongyi, Li, Yang, Chen, Wei, Zeng, Danielle, Avery, Katherine, Kang, HongTae, and Su, Xuming. A Comparative study of two RVE modelling methods for chopped carbon fiber SMC. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.4271/2017-01-0224.
Chen, Zhangxing, Li, Yi, Shao, Yimin, Huang, Tianyu, Xu, Hongyi, Li, Yang, Chen, Wei, Zeng, Danielle, Avery, Katherine, Kang, HongTae, & Su, Xuming. A Comparative study of two RVE modelling methods for chopped carbon fiber SMC. United States. doi:10.4271/2017-01-0224.
Chen, Zhangxing, Li, Yi, Shao, Yimin, Huang, Tianyu, Xu, Hongyi, Li, Yang, Chen, Wei, Zeng, Danielle, Avery, Katherine, Kang, HongTae, and Su, Xuming. Thu . "A Comparative study of two RVE modelling methods for chopped carbon fiber SMC". United States. doi:10.4271/2017-01-0224. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1431172.
@article{osti_1431172,
title = {A Comparative study of two RVE modelling methods for chopped carbon fiber SMC},
author = {Chen, Zhangxing and Li, Yi and Shao, Yimin and Huang, Tianyu and Xu, Hongyi and Li, Yang and Chen, Wei and Zeng, Danielle and Avery, Katherine and Kang, HongTae and Su, Xuming},
abstractNote = {To achieve vehicle light-weighting, the chopped carbon fiber sheet molding compound (SMC) is identified as a promising material to replace metals. However, there are no effective tools and methods to predict the mechanical property of the chopped carbon fiber SMC due to the high complexity in microstructure features and the anisotropic properties. In this paper, the Representative Volume Element (RVE) approach is used to model the SMC microstructure. Two modeling methods, the Voronoi diagram-based method and the chip packing method, are developed for material RVE property prediction. The two methods are compared in terms of the predicted elastic modulus and the predicted results are validated using the Digital Image Correlation (DIC) tensile test results. Furthermore, the advantages and shortcomings of these two methods are discussed in terms of the required input information and the convenience of use in the integrated processing-microstructure-property analysis.},
doi = {10.4271/2017-01-0224},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = 1,
place = {United States},
year = {Thu Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Thu Apr 06 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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