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Viscoelastic modelling and dynamic characteristics of CNTs-CFRP-2DWF composite shell structures
Published in Elsevier Ltd
Volume: 141
Pages: 100 - 122
The carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are well known for its application in the areas of advanced composite materials for their improved elastic properties. The large specific interfacial surface area owing to tiny dimensions of CNTs may greatly escalation the interfacial sliding which may promote the dissipation of energy in a dynamic situation that makes them very ideal for damping applications in engineering structures/systems. The present article investigates the viscoelastic modelling and dynamic responses of the CNTs – based carbon fiber reinforced two dimensional woven fabrics (CNTs-CFRP-2DWF) composite spherical shell panels where CNTs are reinforced in the polymer matrix phase. The Mori – Tanaka (MT) micromechanics in conjunction with weak interface (WI) theory has been developed for the mathematical formulations of the viscoelastic modelling of CNTs-based polymer matrix phase. Further, strength of material (SOM) method has been employed to formulate viscoelastic material behavior of the yarn and finally the viscoelastic properties of the representative unit cell (RUC) is established based on the unit cell method (UCM). An eight-node shell element with five degree of freedom per node has been formulated to study the vibration damping characteristics of spherical shell structures made by CNTs-CFRP-2DWF composite materials. The shell finite element formulation is based on the transverse shear effect as per the Mindlin's hypothesis, and stress resultant-type Koiter's shell theory. Frequency and temperature dependent material properties of such CNTs-CFRP-2DWF composite materials have been obtained and analysed. Impulse and frequency responses of such structures have been performed to study the effects of various important parameters such as volume fraction of CNTs, interfacial condition, agglomeration, temperature, geometries of shell panel on the material properties and such dynamic responses. Obtained results demonstrate that quick vibration mitigation may be possible using such CNTs-CFRP-2DWF composite material which is desirable to overcome the drawbacks of conventional CFRP woven fabric composite materials. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd
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