Coupled Analysis with Digimat for Realizing the Mechanical Behavior of Glass Fiber Reinforced Plastics

유리섬유 강화 플라스틱의 역학적 거동 구현을 위한 Digimat와의 연성해석 연구

  • Kim, Young-Man (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chungnam National Univ.) ;
  • Kim, Yong-Hwan (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chungnam National Univ.)
  • 김영만 (충남대학교 기계공학부) ;
  • 김용환 (충남대학교 기계공학부)
  • Received : 2019.06.25
  • Accepted : 2019.10.08
  • Published : 2019.12.31


Finite element method (FEM) is utilized in the development of products to realistically analyze and predict the mechanical behavior of materials in various fields. However, the approach based on the numerical analysis of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) composites, for which the fiber orientation and strain rate affect the mechanical properties, has proven to be challenging. The purpose of this study is to define and evaluate the mechanical properties of glass fiber reinforced plastic composites using the numerical analysis models of Digimat, a linear, nonlinear multi-scale modeling program for various composite materials such as polymers, rubber, metal, etc. In addition, the aim is to predict the behavior of realistic polymeric composites. In this regard, the tensile properties according to the fiber orientation and strain rate of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) with short fiber weight fractions of 30wt% among various polymers were investigated using references. Information on the fiber orientation was calculated based on injection analysis using Moldflow software, and was utilized in the finite element model for tensile specimens via a mapping process. LS-Dyna, an explicit commercial finite element code, was used for coupled analysis using Digimat to study the tensile properties of composites according to the fiber orientation and strain rate of glass fibers. In addition, the drawbacks and advantages of LS-DYNA's various anisotropic material models were compared and evaluated for the analysis of glass fiber reinforced plastic composites.


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