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Progressive Damage Response of 3D Woven Composites via the Multiscale Recursive Micromechanics Solution with Tailored Fidelity



Progressive failure simulations have been performed for orthogonal 3D woven composites consisting of RTM6 resin matrix and AS4 carbon fibers. The Multiscale Recursive Micromechanics approach has been used, which, while being computationally efficient, captures the primary effects of the microstructure at each considered length scale. This approach also enables use of any micromechanics theory at any length scale, and herein, the fidelity of the chosen theories across the scales has been tailored to strike a balance with computational efficiency. The Mori-Tanaka method is employed at the lowest length scale, the Generalized Method of Cells is used at intermediate scales, and the High-Fidelity Generalized Method of Cells is used at the highest woven composite repeating unit cell scale. Furthermore, two different damage models, also with different levels of fidelity and efficiency, have been used for the resin material at the lowest length scale. Results for the mechanical behavior in response to loading in various directions are compared for the two damage models and with available test data.


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