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Title: Numerical analysis of progressive damage in nonwoven fibrous networks under tension
Authors: Farukh, Farukh
Demirci, Emrah
Sabuncuoglu, Baris
Acar, Memis
Pourdeyhimi, Behnam
Silberschmidt, Vadim V.
Keywords: Non-woven fabrics
Finite element
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: FARUKH, F. ... et al, 2014. Numerical analysis of progressive damage in nonwoven fibrous networks under tension. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 51 (9), pp. 1670–1685
Abstract: Understanding a mechanical behaviour of polymer-based nonwoven materials that include large-strain deformation and damage can help to evaluate a response of nonwoven fibrous networks to various loading conditions. Here, a nonwoven felt made by thermal bonding of polypropylene fibres was used as a model system. Its deformation and damage behaviour was analysed by means of experimental assessment of damage evolution based on single-fibre failure and finite-element simulations. Tensile tests of nonwoven fabrics were carried out to characterise their damage behaviour under in-plane mechanical loading. It was found that progressive failure of fibres led to localization of damage initiation and propagation, ultimately resulting in failure of the nonwoven felt. To obtain the criteria that control the onset and propagation of damage in these materials, tensile tests on single fibres, extracted from the felt with bond points attached to their ends, were performed. A finite-element model was developed to study damage initiation and propagation in nonwovens. In the model, structural randomness of a nonwoven fibrous network was implemented by means of direct introduction of fibres according to the orientation distribution function. The evolution of damage in the network was controlled by a single-fibre failure criterion obtained experimentally. The proposed numerical model not only captured the macroscopic response of the felt successfully but also reproduced the underlying mechanisms involved in deformation and damage of nonwovens. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Description: This article was published in the serial, International Journal of Solids and Structures [© Elsevier]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.01.015
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.01.015
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14234
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2014.01.015
ISSN: 0020-7683
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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