Injection-Molded Long-Fiber Thermoplastic Composites: From Process Modeling to Prediction of Mechanical Properties
This article illustrates the predictive capabilities for long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites that first simulate the injection molding of LFT structures by Autodesk® Simulation Moldflow® Insight (ASMI) to accurately predict fiber orientation and length distributions in these structures. After validating fiber orientation and length predictions against the experimental data, the predicted results are used by ASMI to compute distributions of elastic properties in the molded structures. In addition, local stress-strain responses and damage accumulation under tensile loading are predicted by an elastic-plastic damage model of EMTA-NLA, a nonlinear analysis tool implemented in ABAQUS® via user-subroutines using an incremental Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka approach. Predicted stress-strain responses up to failure and damage accumulations are compared to the experimental results to validate the model.
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- Conference: Proceedings of the American Society for Composites: Twenty-Eighth Technical Conference, September 9-11, 2013, State College, Pennsylvania
- CE Bakis; DEStech Publications, Inc., Lancaster, PA, United States(US).
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- Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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- United States
- Injection molding, long fiber thermoplastic, process modeling, fiber orientation, fiber length distribution, property prediction, finite element, damage analysis