2006 Volume 49 Issue 3 Pages 418-425
The inclusion element method with a simple grid model has been proposed as one of the analytical techniques of the mechanical behavior of textile composites, and the effectiveness of this method has been verified. The inclusion element method is applicable to the analysis of all types of textile composites because the element stiffness obtained by the inclusion method through cooperation with a fabric structure simulator is used. From the result of the analysis by the inclusion element method, it has been confirmed that the peculiar crimp-interchange of woven composites occurs and high tensile stress arises at the elements with fiber bundles oriented in the load direction. A comparison between the analyses using a real model and the inclusion element model has shown relatively good agreement. Although the analytical result is greatly dependent on the grid pattern, the inclusion element method can provide a sufficient accuracy of results even when the number of elements in the model is lower than that in the real model.