A two-scale homogenization framework for nonlinear effective thermal conductivity of laminated composites Academic Article uri icon


  • In this study, we formulate the effective temperature-dependent thermal conductivity of laminated composites. The studied laminated composites consist of laminas (plies) made of unidirectional fiber-reinforced matrix with various fiber orientations. The effective thermal conductivity is obtained through a two-scale homogenization scheme. A simplified micromechanical model of a unidirectional fiber-reinforced lamina is formulated at the lower scale. Thermal conductivities of fiber and matrix constituents are allowed to change with temperature. The upper scale uses a sublaminate model to homogenize temperature-dependent thermal conductivities of only a representative lamina stacking sequence in laminated composites. The effective thermal conductivity of each lamina, in the sublaminate model, is obtained using the simplified micromechanical model. The thermal conductivities from the micromechanical and sublaminate models represent average nonlinear properties of fictitiously homogeneous composite media. Interface conditions between fiber and matrix constituents and within laminas are assumed to be perfect. Experimental data available in the literature are used to verify the proposed multi-scale framework. We then analyze transient heat conduction in the homogenized composites. Temperature profiles, during transient heat conduction, in the homogenized composites are compared to the ones in heterogeneous composites. The heterogeneous composites, having different fiber arrangements and sizes, are modeled using finite element (FE) method. Springer-Verlag 2009.

author list (cited authors)

  • Muliana, A. H., & Kim, J. S.

citation count

  • 30

complete list of authors

  • Muliana, Anastasia Hanifah||Kim, Jeong Sik

publication date

  • July 2010