Thermoelastic Micromechanical Analysis of CFRP with Voids

  • Trombini, Mattia (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Masia, Rebecca (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Pagani, Alfonso (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Petrolo, Marco (Politecnico di Torino)
  • Carrera, Erasmo (Politecnico di Torino)

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The work investigates the effect of dispersed air gaps – voids – within the matrix on the local stress and strain fields and the influence on the thermoelastic properties of carbon fiber reinforced plastic polymers (CFRPs). The micromechanics framework is based on the use of 1D higher-order structural theories obtained via the Carrera Unified Formulation (CUF) and periodic boundary conditions (PBC), including plasticity over the matrix. Voids are randomly generated within the matrix, considering different volume fractions. Moreover, several distributions at the same void volume fraction permit to perform statistical analyses of the results. Based on numerical results, increasing void fractions leads to higher stress and strain values. Regarding the thermoelastic properties, the results show a good agreement with the benchmarks, thus confirming that voids have a remarkable effect on thermoelastic properties.