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Multi-scale modelling of damage progression in FRC laminates - Applications of DEM

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Publication date2011
Host publicationParticle-Based Methods II: Fundamentals and Applications
EditorsE. Onate, D.R.J. Owen
Place of publicationBarcelona
PublisherInternational Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9788489925670
Original languageEnglish


As a natural progress of the research in the area of modeling damage at microscopic scales, a discrete element method (DEM) has been proposed to simulate the damage progression in FRC laminates. DEM has been used to study the interfacial debonding, transverse cracking, delamination, and transverse cracking and delamination in FRC laminates. The purpose of this research is not only to validate the application of DEM in terms of its advantages in the simulation of damage progression and the prediction of cracking density and stiffness reduction, but also to highlight the potential of DEM in the future research application for composite damage mechanism, composite material design and optimization.