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International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering
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ISSN Print: 1543-1649
ISSN Online: 1940-4352

International Journal for Multiscale Computational Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMultCompEng.2014011020
pages 181-200

EFFECTIVE THERMOELASTIC PROPERTIES OF POLYSILOXANE MATRIX-BASED PLAIN WEAVE TEXTILE COMPOSITES

Jan Vorel
Department of Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thakurova 7,166 29 Prague 6, Czech Republic
Edith Grippon
Institut de Mecanique et d'Ingenierie (I2M), 16 Avenue Pey Berland 33607 Pessac, France Laboratoire des Composites Thermostructuraux (LCTS), 3 allee de la Boetie, 33600 Pessac, France
Michal Sejnoha
Department of Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thakurova 7,166 29 Prague 6, Czech Republic

ABSTRACT

The article is concerned with the prediction of effective thermoelastic properties of balanced plain weave textile fabrics bonded to a polysiloxane matrix. While actual applications assume ceramic matrices, we limit our attention to their polymeric precursors and concentrate on computational aspects of both analytical and numerical homogenization. Two types of reinforcements, basalt and carbon, are considered to study the influence of microstructural details on the estimates of overall properties. Attention is focused on the previously developed numerical approach effectively combining the Mori-Tanaka micromechanical model, two-layer statistically equivalent periodic unit cell analyzed with the help of the extended finite element method (XFEM), and information about microstructure configuration provided by standard image processing as well as X-ray microtomography. The main goal is to validate this approach by comparing the numerically obtained data with those obtained experimentally by exploiting the nondestructive measurements of ultrasonic wave speed. Moreover, a pure numerical study is performed to estimate the sensitivity to geometrical parameters. For this reason, not only effective elastic properties but also effective thermal expansion coefficients are evaluated. Numerical tests performed on simplified μCT (computational microtomography) samples, again with the help of XFEM, serve as an additional source of information for the validation of the proposed homogenization strategy.


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