Energy Absorption Properties of FRP tube under Commission Load 2003-01-2778
Tapered FRP tubes have high-energy absorption performance under axial compressive load. FRP will be useful for structural material of a shock absorber in the various industries. And in order to simulate the behavior of this material, several experimental tests and numerical simulations using FEM have been carried out recently. However, it is still difficult to simulate the behavior of tapered FRP tubes involving so called “Progressive Crushing” with FEM properly, because the fracture mechanism contains various kinds of fractures such as delamination, fiber fracture and so on. In this study, we proposed a specially designed FEM model based that is useful for the crush-worthiness analysis of FRP tube.