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Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials Using ANSYS®

2nd Edition

By Ever J. Barbero

CRC Press

366 pages | 89 B/W Illus.

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Designing structures using composite materials poses unique challenges, especially due to the need for concurrent design of both material and structure. Students are faced with two options: textbooks that teach the theory of advanced mechanics of composites, but lack computational examples of advanced analysis, and books on finite element analysis that may or may not demonstrate very limited applications to composites. But there is a third option that makes the other two obsolete: Ever J. Barbero's Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials Using ANSYS®, Second Edition.

The Only Finite Element Analysis Book on the Market Using ANSYS to Analyze Composite Materials.

By layering detailed theoretical and conceptual discussions with fully developed examples, this text supplies the missing link between theory and implementation. In-depth discussions cover all of the major aspects of advanced analysis, including three-dimensional effects, viscoelasticity, edge effects, elastic instability, damage, and delamination. This second edition of the bestseller has been completely revised to incorporate advances in the state of the art in such areas as modeling of damage in composites. In addition, all 50+ worked examples have been updated to reflect the newest version of ANSYS. Including some use of MATLAB®, these examples demonstrate how to use the concepts to formulate and execute finite element analyses and how to interpret the results in engineering terms. Additionally, the source code for each example is available to students for download online via a companion website featuring a special area reserved for instructors. Plus a solutions manual is available for qualifying course adoptions.

Cementing applied computational and analytical experience to a firm foundation of basic concepts and theory, Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials Using ANSYS, Second Edition offers a modern, practical, and versatile classroom tool for today's engineering classroom.


"To my knowledge, Professor Barbero’s current text is the only text on the market that addresses the formal teaching of the finite element analysis of composites. There is a growing demand in the composites community for such a text."

—Jim Sherwood, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, USA

"I already have a copy … and I like to use it as a reference for some topics that are related to composite structure analysis. Due to the way the book is assembled, it is perfect for a teaching course."

—Gasser F. Abdelal, Queen’s University Belfast, UK

"… a great book, covering not only essentials for mechanics and composites, but also advanced topics, bucking, viscoelasticity, failure and damage model. It is good for a reference on your shelf, text book for training and students."

—Chuanyu Feng, Oil & Gas Industry, Houston, Texas

"This book is a powerful tool to learn composite materials through computational implementations of composite structures using commercial codes. … The ANSYS codes are so well commented that it complements the examples as if they are part of the text, and because they are complete, you know that you can just copy-paste and modify the codes for your personal computer experiments, or personal projects. At the end you realize and appreciate that the structure and smart organization of the book actually has given you a thorough explanation of a tough and complex subject as it is composite materials, and modeling composite material structures.

—Fritz A. Campo, Ph.D., Blade Dynamics, LLLP.

"This text is well designed, comprehensive, and has a large number of examples and end-of-chapter problems. It is suitable for graduate students and perhaps some well-qualified undergraduates."

—Robert C Wetherhold, University at Buffalo, SUNY

"This book bridges the gap between the Finite Element analysis tools and analysis of composite structures. Extensive Finite Element examples are provided covering a wide range of topics. Although these examples are based on ANSYS, they can be applied to other software with necessary modifications. This book can be used not only as a textbook for graduate students, but also a reference for design engineers."

—An Chen, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Idaho

"I particularly like the approach in which the author explains the various concepts using very simple examples first and then take the readers to a full treatment."

—Jingzhe Pan, Department of Engineering, University of Leicester, UK

"… an excellent text of composite materials analysis for graduate students and practicing engineers. After an initial introduction to stress analysis and to finite element method the chapters introduce to the reader how to model composites with FE codes. … The BOOK provides a practical framework that allow the reader to improve and learn in several aspects: FE modeling, composites, … and, also, to learn how to implement engineering problems in ANSYS and MatLab"

—Joan-Andreu Mayugo, Universitat de Girona (Spain)

"I think that the book gives an exhaustive explanation about the basic concepts on composite materials and their finite elements analysis."

—Antonio Madeo, University of Calabria

"I am aware of several books on vomposite materials, but this is rather unique with an equal emphasis on commercial software."

—Dr. Grama Bhashyam, ANSYS Inc.

Table of Contents

Mechanics of Orthotropic Materials

Material Coordinate System




Contracted Notation

Equilibrium and Virtual Work

Boundary Conditions

Continuity Conditions


Coordinate Transformations

Transformation of Constitutive Equations

3D Constitutive Equations

Engineering Constants

From 3D to Plane Stress Equations

Apparent Laminate Properties

Suggested Problems


Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

Basic FEM Procedure

General FEM Procedure

FE Analysis with CAE Systems

Suggested Problems


Elasticity and Strength of Laminates

Kinematics of Shells

FE Analysis of Laminates

Failure Criteria

Suggested Problems



Bifurcation Methods

Continuation Methods

Suggested Problems


Free Edge Stresses

Poisson's Mismatch

Coefficient of Mutual Influence

Suggested Problems


Computational Micromechanics

Analytical Homogenization

Numerical Homogenization

Local-Global Analysis

Laminated RVE

Suggested Problems



Viscoelastic Models

Boltzmann Superposition

Correspondence Principle

Frequency Domain

Spectrum Representation

Micromechanics of Viscoelastic Composites

Macro-Mechanics of Viscoelastic Composites

FEA of Viscoelastic Composites

Suggested Problems


Continuum Damage Mechanics

One-Dimensional Damage Mechanics

Multi-Dimensional Damage and Effective Spaces

Thermodynamics Formulation

Kinetic Law in Three-Dimensional Space

Damage and Plasticity

Suggested Problems


Discrete Damage Mechanics

Theoretical Formulation

Numerical Implementation

Model Identification

Laminate Damage




Two-Dimensional Delamination

Delamination in Composite Plates

Suggested Problems







About the Author

Ever J. Barbero holds a BSME-BSEE from Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina and a Ph.D from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA. He is ASME and SAMPE fellow, a professor at West Virginia University, Morgantown, USA, and honorary professor at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Peru. Holder of two US patents, author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, he is recognized internationally for his work on material models for composite materials.

About the Series

Composite Materials

Analysis and Design

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General