Structural optimisation of random discontinuous fibre composites: Part 1 – Methodology

Qian, C.C., Harper, L.T., Turner, T.A. and Warrior, N.A. (2015) Structural optimisation of random discontinuous fibre composites: Part 1 – Methodology. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 68 . pp. 406-416. ISSN 1359-835X

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This paper presents a finite element model to optimise the fibre architecture of components manufactured from discontinuous fibre composites. An optimality criterion method has been developed to maximise global component stiffness, by determining optimum distributions for local section thickness and preform areal mass. The model is demonstrated by optimising the bending performance of a flat plate with three holes. Results are presented from a sensitivity study to highlight the level of compromise in stiffness optimisation caused by manufacturing constraints associated with the fibre deposition method, such as the scale of component features relative to the fibre length.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Discontinuous reinforcement, Finite Element Analysis, Preform, Automation
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
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Depositing User: Harper, Lee
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 10:40
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:59

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