Meso-scale Modeling of the Drilling of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic: Geometry and Numerical Analysis

Sinan Al-wandi, Wencheng Pan, Songlin Ding, John P.t. Mo

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This paper discussed the 3D finite element modeling (FEM) of the drilling of uni-directional Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). Most of the real life parts of CFRP are modeled with single layer shell element and can be modeled as composite by assigning a composite property to it. A Meso-Scale (Laminate Level) approach has been developed to extract displacements, overall stiffness behavior, and detailed stresses and strains. The objective of this study is to implement a ply-based modeling technology to model the laminates and to analyze the interaction mechanisms between the drilling tool and material to validate if the meso-scale approach would be the ideal solution to characterize the drilling induced damage. Results show the model has proved its ability to correctly estimate the thrust force and torque.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalUniversal Journal of Mechanical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2016


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