About the Project
On the macro-level, 3D-textile composites can be considered as homogeneous but on the micro-level, these are heterogeneous consisting of glass/carbon fibres within the polymer matrix. The micro-level failure mechanism including matrix plasticity and fibre-matrix decohesion ultimately lead to failure of the macro-level structure. Therefore, multi-scale modelling provides an accurate modelling framework to simulate the behaviour of FRP composites and determine their structural response.
Aims and Objectives
This project aims to develop a novel computational framework and associated finite element software for the simulation of the structural performance of 3D-textile composites subjected to static and/or impact loading. For the accurate simulation of these composites, a realistic and detailed geometry modelling of their microstructure is very important. These realistic geometries will be obtained by subjected their idealised counterpart to the forces experienced by these composites during the manufacturing processes. The imposition of appropriate boundary condition on the micro-level structure is also very important for the calculation of accurate macro-level homogenised/effective mechanical properties, e.g. stiffnesses and Poisson’s ratios. As compared to the displacement and traction boundary conditions, the periodic boundary condition is more accurate but requires periodic geometries and meshes for its numerical implementation. The forces experienced by the 3D-textile composites during the manufacturing processes result in microstructure with non-periodic geometries and meshes leading to numerical complications in the imposition of periodic boundary condition. Therefore, a robust finite element-based algorithm will be developed for the imposition of periodic boundary condition on the micro-level structure.
During their service lives, these composites are subjected to both static and impact loading. Therefore, as part of this project, a finite element-based computational framework will be developed for the simulation of the structural performance of 3D-textile composite structures. The computational framework will be developed for static loading and will be subsequently extended to impact loading. All the possible failure mechanism including elasto-plastic response of the matrix and fibre-matrix decohesion will be included. The response of the macro-level structure will be determined directly from the underlying micro-level structure. The multi-scale nature of the computational framework requires the solution of a micro-level finite element problem for each macro-level point of interest and is therefore computationally very demanding. Therefore, the developed computational framework will be optimised for the Queen’s University high-performance computing cluster, Kelvin. The developed computational framework will be implemented in MoFEM (Mesh-Oriented Finite Element Method), an open-source finite element-based software library. The computational framework will be implemented in a generalised way and will be able to solve composite systems consisting of unidirectional and 2D-textile reinforcement.
This PhD project will be carried out within the Advanced Composites Research Group at Queen’s University Belfast consisting of academics, PhDs and post-doctoral researchers.
Key skills required for the post
• Academic qualification of a first or upper second-class honours degree from a university in the UK or qualifications considered by the University as equivalent to this standard.
• Knowledge of polymer-based fibre composites
• Knowledge of structural mechanics
• Basic experience of using finite element analysis and knowledge of its theoretical foundations
• Basic computer programming
Dr Zahur Ullah ([Email Address Removed]) Tel: +44 28 9097 4595
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