Meshfree Modeling in Laminated Composites

  • Daniel C. SimkinsJr.
  • Nathan Collier
  • Joseph B. Alford
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering book series (LNCSE, volume 89)


A problem of increasing importance in the aerospace industry is in detailed modeling of explicit fracture in laminated composite materials. For design applications, the simulation must be capable of initiation and propagation of changes in the problem domain. Further, these changes must be able to be incorporated within a design-scale simulation. The use of a visibility condition, coupled with the local and dynamic nature of meshfree shape function construction allows one to initiate and explicitly open and propagate holes inside a previously continuous problem domain. The method to be presented naturally couples to a hierarchical multi-scale material model incorporating external knowldege bases to achieve the goal of a practical explicit fracture modeling capability for full-scale problems.


Meshfree modeling laminated composites visibility condition 



The author would like to acknowledge the use of the services provided by Research Computing, University of South Florida.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel C. SimkinsJr.
    • 1
  • Nathan Collier
    • 2
  • Joseph B. Alford
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Applied Mathematics & Computational Science and Earth Science & Engineering King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 4700 King Abdullah University of Science and TechnologyThuwalKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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