Development of an Elastic Functionally Graded Interphase Model for the Micromechanics Response of Composites
A new micromechanics framework is developed for
long fibre reinforced composites using a single fibre surrounded by
a functionally graded interphase and matrix as a representative unit
cell. The unit cell is formulated to represent any number of aligned
fibres by a single fibre. Using this model the elastic response of long
fibre composites is predicted in all directions. The model is calibrated
to experimental results and shows very good agreement in the elastic
regime. The differences between the proposed model and existing
models are discussed.
Computational mechanics, functionally graded
interphase, long fibre composites, micromechanics.