Mechanical Response and Damage of Woven Composite Materials Reinforced with Fique


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In this paper, we present the experimental and numerical modelling for the mechanical behaviour of woven composites reinforced with fique (furcraea selloa) fibre, for different fique fibre woven configurations embed in an R744 epoxy matrix. The woven configurations are taken from commercial models and their mechanical properties validated by experimental data. We perform experimental tests using ASTM D3039 for the tensile response. We obtain values for Young’s modulus, ultimate strength, and deformation of unidirectional and woven reinforced composites. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is used for the fractographic analysis of the reinforced specimens. For the numerical model of the woven composite, we use the Texgen software to define the finite element voxel model and to estimate orthotropic mechanical parameters. Then, we determine the equivalent elastic properties of the composite, according to the materials and the fibre-matrix relations. We compare and validate the numerical results with the experimental data. We obtain stress and strain fields for the yarns and the matrix. The objective of this work is to establish a baseline of the mechanical behaviour of these natural reinforced composites to propose applications for structural engineering.



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Luis Rodríguez-Tembleque, Jaime Domínguez and Ferri M.H. Aliabadi




O. A. González-Estrada et al., "Mechanical Response and Damage of Woven Composite Materials Reinforced with Fique", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 774, pp. 143-148, 2018

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August 2018




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