A multiscale modeling methodology for damage progression in polymer-based composites Conference Paper uri icon


  • Polymer-based composites are used in novel designs of jet engine fan blade containment cases. The performance of these structures is directly affected by its behavior under impact during a blade-out event. Here, we develop the basic ingredients of a multiscale modeling methodology, which includes a polymer model capable of accounting for intrinsic softening, tension-compression asymmetry, rate-sensitivity, thermal softening and kinematic-like hardening, as well as models of matrix cracking and fiber debonding. Material and fracture parameters are identified using epoxy data for various temperatures and strain rates. Results of unit-cell calculations are presented to discuss damage initiation and progression modes.

published proceedings

  • 12th International Conference on Fracture 2009, ICF-12

author list (cited authors)

  • Poulain, X., Goldberg, R. K., Talreja, R., & Benzerga, A. A.

complete list of authors

  • Poulain, X||Goldberg, RK||Talreja, R||Benzerga, AA

publication date

  • December 2009