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Virtual testing of advanced composites, cellular materials and biomaterials: A review

Virtual testing of advanced composites, cellular materials and biomaterials: A review


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Okereke, M.I. ORCID: 0000-0002-2104-012X, Akpoyomare, A.I. and Bingley, M.S. (2014) Virtual testing of advanced composites, cellular materials and biomaterials: A review. Composites Part B: Engineering, 60. 637 - 662. ISSN 1359-8368 (doi:10.1016/j.compositesb.2014.01.007)

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This paper documents the emergence of virtual testing frameworks for prediction of the constitutive responses of engineering materials. A detailed study is presented, of the philosophy underpinning virtual testing schemes: highlighting the structure, challenges and opportunities posed by a virtual testing strategy compared with traditional laboratory experiments. The virtual testing process has been discussed from atomistic to macrostructural length scales of analyses. Several implementations of virtual testing frameworks for diverse categories of materials are also presented, with particular emphasis on composites, cellular materials and biomaterials (collectively described as heterogeneous systems, in this context). The robustness of virtual frameworks for prediction of the constitutive behaviour of these materials is discussed. The paper also considers the current thinking on developing virtual laboratories in relation to availability of computational resources as well as the development of multi-scale material model algorithms. In conclusion, the paper highlights the challenges facing developments of future virtual testing frameworks. This review represents a comprehensive documentation of the state of knowledge on virtual testing from microscale to macroscale length scales for heterogeneous materials across constitutive responses from elastic to damage regimes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: A. Polymer–matrix composites (PMCs), C. Computational modelling, C. Numerical analysis, E. Weaving, virtual testing
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Engineering Science
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Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 10:53
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