Stress Development Analysis within Composite Laminate for Different Layup Orientations 2016-28-0183
Composite structures play a vital role in the automobile industry. Use of composites like CFRPs in automobiles poses various problems to engineers. CFRP components are not simple to model in comparison to traditional engineering materials like aluminium, steel etc. One of the main reason is that the composite materials generally do not behave in an isotropic manner but rather behave in an anisotropic or orthotropic manner. These anisotropic and orthotropic mechanical behaviors are more difficult to predict as compared to isotropic behaviors. This problem is solved using finite element analysis (FEA) packages to model complex composite material and predict their behavior. The paper discusses about the propagation of stresses within the composite laminates using FEA in Abaqus for different lamina stacking directions. The results obtained are verified using Theoretical Analysis in MATLAB. Such analysis can be used to analyze high performance composite components containing multiple plies quickly and more effectively.