Behavior of plain woven textile composites subjected to uniaxial tensile loading
Low cost affordable woven fabric laminated composites were manufactured using vacuum assisted resin transfer molding process (VARTM). When these woven fabric laminated composites are used instructural applications, predictions of elastic properties such as the moduli and Poisson's ratios from the weave architecture and the properties of the constituents are desirable. In the present paper, a finite element model for the plain weave composite has been developed to predict the mechanical properties of the composite. This model is used in the study of the failure behavior of plain woven composite subjected to uniaxial tensile loading. Model is further used to explain a classic stress strain behavior of woven composites, which typically shows bi-linear response. The results obtained from the analytical model are compared with the experimental results. 2001 The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. All right reserved.