Fatigue Damage of Short Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in Crashworthiness Simulation

Witzgall C, Wartzack S (2023)

Publication Language: English

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023


Book Volume: 4

Pages Range: 1188-1205

Issue: 4

Journal Issue: 4

DOI: 10.3390/applmech4040061


Service loads repeatedly stress components on a regular basis and lead to fatigue damage in the material. In the case of components made of short fibre-reinforced thermoplastics, which are also crash-relevant in addition to only bearing service loads, however, a significant deterioration in mechanical properties can be observed after fatigue damage has been introduced. This is where the approach presented in this paper comes in: in order to enable a realistic simulation of such components in their used conditions, the material data are assigned depending on previously determined damage. The approach, which combines the domains of highly dynamic and cyclic experiments as well as different types of numerical simulations, is tested for its performance in the present paper. For this purpose, component tests are carried out on cross-rib beams, which serve to validate the method. The novelty and uniqueness of this paper lies in the linking of fatigue life and crashworthiness considerations for short fibre-reinforced thermoplastics, which, in this case, is raised to a new level by considering the component level for the first time.

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Witzgall, C., & Wartzack, S. (2023). Fatigue Damage of Short Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in Crashworthiness Simulation. Applied Mechanics, 4(4), 1188-1205. https://doi.org/10.3390/applmech4040061


Witzgall, Christian, and Sandro Wartzack. "Fatigue Damage of Short Fibre-Reinforced Thermoplastics in Crashworthiness Simulation." Applied Mechanics 4.4 (2023): 1188-1205.

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