On mechanically induced degradation of fiber-reinforced hyperelastic materials

  title={On mechanically induced degradation of fiber-reinforced hyperelastic materials},
  author={Jayan Thomas and Pence},
A finite strain model for the mechanical degradation of composite materials with multiple families of fine reinforcing fibers is developed and studied. At any instant of time the matrix material may or may not be degrading with all, some, or none of the interpenetrating fibers also undergoing degradation. This multi-component description of damage is governed by coupled differential equations when more than one damage mechanism is active. These differential equations, and the threshold values… CONTINUE READING
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