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Efficient multiscale methods for viscoelasticity and fatigue of short fiber-reinforced polymers

Freitag (28.06.2019)
13:00 - 13:20 Uhr

In order to predict the nonlinear mechanical behavior of components made of short fiber reinforced plastics (SFRP) under long term and cyclic loading, coupled process and component simulations are required. The injection molding process leads to locally varying fiber orientations within the component. This varying microstructure significantly influences the viscoelastic and fatigue behavior. The interaction between the microstructure and the nonlinear macroscopic properties is resolved by a coupled FFT-FEM two-scale method, where the fiber orientation tensor is obtained by analyzing μCT images or by the corresponding process simulation. The aim of this work is to reduce the numerical effort of such a multiscale method. In a first step, the highly efficient micro-scale solver FeelMath for regular grids using a FFT-based pre-conditioner is presented. Afterwards, a numerical scheme based on a precomputed database trained with FeelMath simulations on the microscale and a model order reduction algorithm, is discussed. The combination of these ideas reduces the numerical effort, such that the method is applicable for industrial problems. Comparative studies of the fully coupled and reduced model document the high accuracy of this approach. The overall performance of this methodology is demonstrated by three dimensional, industrial applications.

Weitere Autoren/Referenten:
  • Jonathan Köbler
    Fraunhofer ITWM
  • Dr. Heiko Andrä
    Fraunhofer ITWM
  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller
    TU Kaiserslautern
  • Prof. Dr. Matti Schneider
    Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
  • Dr. Sarah Staub
    Fraunhofer ITWM