Elastic Compression of a Fiber Network

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S. Toll, J.-A. E. Manson

Laboratoire de Technologie des Composites et Polymères, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland

J. Appl. Mech 62(1), 223-226 (Mar 01, 1995) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2895906 History: Received December 02, 1992; Revised August 02, 1993; Online October 30, 2007


A constitutive equation for a planar fiber network under transverse compression is derived allowing for an in-plane fiber orientation distribution. The fibers are assumed to be well dispersed in space and to have a large aspect ratio and uniform diameter. A compression experiment, performed on a glass-fiber network obtained by ashing a commercial composite preform, is accurately described by the theory.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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