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Uncertainty Quantification of Simulated Residual Stresses in Multi-Material Composite Structures

ALEXANDER HANSON, STACY NELSON, BRIAN WERNER, TIMOTHY BRIGGS

Abstract


Multi-material composite structures develop residual stresses during the curing process due to dissimilar material properties, which eventually may lead to failure in the form of fracture, delamination, or disbonding. Experimentally determining residual stresses can be both time and cost prohibitive, whereas accurate simulated predictions of residual stresses can be cheaper and provide equivalent information during the design process. Residual stresses can be simulated through several different approaches of varying complexity. The method employed in this study assumes the majority of residual stresses are developed due the mismatch of coefficients of thermal expansion and polymer shrinkage, which is indirectly accounted for by calibrating the simulation with an experimentally determined stress free temperature. This method has shown success in predicting the residual stress states across different material combinations and structures in previous studies.


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10.12783/asc33/26081

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