Effects of shape and misalignment of fibers on the failure response of carbon fiber reinforced polymers

  • Hossein Ahmadian
  • Ming Yang
  • Anand Nagarajan
  • Soheil SoghratiEmail author
Original Paper


An integrated computational framework is presented for the automated modeling and simulation of the failure response of carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) with arbitrary-shaped, randomly-misaligned, embedded fibers. The proposed approach relies on a new packing/relocation-based reconstruction algorithm to synthesize realistic 3D representative volume elements (RVEs) of CFRP. A non-iterative mesh generation algorithm is then employed to create high-quality finite element models of each RVE. The failure response of CFRP is simulated using ductile and cohesive-contact damage models for the epoxy matrix and along fiber-matrix interfaces, respectively. In addition to studying the impact of fiber misalignments, this computational framework is employed to investigate the effect of cross-sectional geometry of fibers (circular versus oval shaped) on the strength, ductility, and toughness of CFRP subject to tensile and compressive loads applied transverse to the fibers direction.


Fiber reinforced composite Misalignment Cross-sectional geometry Damage Finite element 



This work has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) under Grant Number FA9550-17-1-0350 and the Ohio State University Simulation Innovation and Modeling Center (SIMCenter) through support from Honda R&D Americas, Inc. The authors also acknowledge the allocation of computing time from the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Integrated Systems EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Materials Science and EngineeringThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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