A PHASE-FIELD MODEL FOR THE MULTISCALE ANALYSIS OF FRACTURE IN SHORT GLASS FIBER REINFORCED POLYMERS [Keynote]
Fabian WelschingerDogwood B
Understanding and modeling the fracture mechanical behavior of short glass fiber reinforced polymers (SFRPs) is challenging: the strong heterogeneity induced by the manufacturing process causes a tight coupling of the material microstructure to the effective response on the component scale. Aiming to account for this microstructural complexity, fracture is approached using a multiscale approach. To resolve the microstructure induced anisotropy and its relationship with the macroscopic material behaviour, an isotropic phase-field fracture model is extended via the fiber orientation interpolation concept. The approach is fed by micromechanical simulations calibrated by experimental data. A validation of the proposed approach is obtained by means of numerical investigations compared to experimental findings.