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dc.contributor.authorEwart, Paul
dc.contributor.authorVerbeek, Casparus Johan R.
dc.identifier.citationEwart, P. & Verbeek, C.J.R. (2010). Using micro-mechanical modelling to predict short-fibre composite properties in computer-aided design of sporting equipment. Sports Engineering, available online 30 November 2010.en_NZ
dc.description.abstractComputer-aided design (CAD) of sporting equipment requires knowledge of the mechanical properties of proposed materials. The mechanical properties of composite materials are often not as simple to obtain as those of conventional materials, in which case micro-mechanical modelling could be used in conjunction with CAD software. A micro-mechanical model was used to predict the flexural modulus of composite materials, based on the assumption of partial interfacial adhesion between composite components. It was found that the partial adhesion model was both practical and consistently accurate. The partial adhesion model accounted for adhesion between components by considering an ‘effective shear value’ at the interface. The model was compared to experimental data for glass, wood and carbon-fibre reinforced polyethylene. It was shown that the adhesion coefficient ranged between 0.1 for carbon fibre, 0.5 for glass fibre and 0.8 for the wood fibre composites. It was shown that using micro-mechanical modelling to predict composite mechanical properties, as opposed to simulating the comprehensive composites structure, computer processing time and file size can be reduced with little compromise in simulation accuracy.en_NZ
dc.subjectflexural modulusen_NZ
dc.subjectcomputer-aided designen_NZ
dc.subjectmicro-mechanical modellingen_NZ
dc.titleUsing micro-mechanical modelling to predict short-fibre composite properties in computer-aided design of sporting equipmenten_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.relation.isPartOfSports Engineeringen_NZ

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