In this paper, the mechanical response of composites consisting of ductile matrix reinforced by platelets-like particles is derived with imperfect interfaces. Due to its flexibility to study imperfect interfaces with limited number of model parameters, the linear spring model LSM is considered. Moreover, the interfacial contribution to the strain concentration tensor within each material phase and inside the average strain filed is described by a modified Mori-Tanaka scheme. The material nonlinearity is established by the J2 plasticity and Lemaitre-Chaboche damage model. A generalised mid-point rule is used to solve rate equations yielding to anisotropic consistent (algorithmic) tangent operators. To avoid spurious macroscopic stress-strain response, an isotropisation procedure is adopted during the computation of a modified Eshelby's tensor. Numerical results are performed on graphene platelets GPL-reinforced polymer PA6 composite. They confirm the possibility to achieve high stiffness with low values of GPL aspect ratio. The accumulated plastic strain and the damage variable within the matrix are influenced by the GPL volume fraction which is also involved in the softening of the overall response when imperfection is considered at the interface.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Composites Part B: Engineering|
|Early online date||10 Jan 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Mar 2017|