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Title: Multiscale stochastic fracture mechanics of composites informed by in-situ X-ray CT tests
Author: Sencu, Razvan
ISNI:       0000 0004 6423 4324
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis presents the development of a new multiscale stochastic fracture mechanics modelling framework informed by in-situ X-ray Computed Tomography (X-ray CT) tests, which can be used to enhance the quality of new designs and prognosis practices for fibre reinforced composites. To reduce the empiricism and conservatism of existing methods, this PhD research systematically has tackled several challenging tasks including: (i) extension of the cohesive interface crack model to multi-phase composites in both 2D and 3D, (ii) development of a new in-house loading rig to support in-situ X-ray CT tests, (iii) reconstruction of low phase-contrast X-ray CT datasets of carbon fibre composites, (iv) integration of X-ray CT image-based models into detailed crack propagation FE modelling and (v) validation of a partially informed multiscale stochastic modelling method by direct comparison with in-situ X-ray CT tensile test results.
Supervisor: Wang, Yong Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Synchrotron Radiation ; Image-Based Modelling ; 3D Fibre Tracking ; Reverse Engineering ; Fibre Segmentation ; Mesh Reconstruction ; X-Ray Micro-CT ; Cohesive Interface Crack Model ; Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) ; Scale Transfer ; Overlapping Grid ; Size-Increasing Grid ; Multiscale Coupling ; Multiscale Stochastic Fracture Mechanics ; X-Ray Micro-Tomography