Modeling strategies of 3D woven composites: A review

Mahmood Ansar, Wang Xinwei, Zhou Chouwei
MOE Key Lab of Structure Mechanics and Control for Aircraft, Institute of Structures & Strength, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 210016, PR China, Available online 21 March 2011.


Due to advancements made in 3D weaving process, 3D woven composites have evolved as an attractive structural material for multi-directional load bearing and impact applications, due to their unique transverse properties such as stiffness, strength, fracture toughness and damage resistance. Substantial progress has been made in recent years for the development of new modeling techniques in design and analysis to understand the unique mechanical behavior of 3D woven composites. This paper systematically reviews the modeling techniques along with their capabilities and limitations for characterization of the micro-geometry, mechanical/thermo-mechanical behavior and impact behavior of 3D woven composites. Advantages, disadvantages and applications of 3D woven composites have also been delineated. In addition, this reference list provides a good database for future research on 3D woven composites.

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