2nd Edition

Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials using Abaqus®

By Ever J. Barbero, Ever J. Barbero Copyright 2023
    571 Pages 179 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Developed from the author’s course on advanced mechanics of composite materials, Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials with Abaqus® shows how powerful finite element tools tackle practical problems in the structural analysis of composites. This Second Edition includes two new chapters on "Fatigue" and "Abaqus Programmable Features" as well as a major update of chapter 10 "Delaminations" and significant updates throughout the remaining chapters. Furthermore, it updates all examples, sample code, and problems to Abaqus 2020.

    Unlike other texts, this one takes theory to a hands-on level by actually solving problems. It explains the concepts involved in the detailed analysis of composites, the mechanics needed to translate those concepts into a mathematical representation of the physical reality, and the solution of the resulting boundary value problems using Abaqus. The reader can follow a process to recreate every example using Abaqus graphical user interface (CAE) by following step-by-step directions in the form of pseudo-code or watching the solutions on YouTube.

    The first seven chapters provide material ideal for a one-semester course. Along with offering an introduction to finite element analysis for readers without prior knowledge of the finite element method, these chapters cover the elasticity and strength of laminates, buckling analysis, free edge stresses, computational micromechanics, and viscoelastic models for composites. Emphasizing hereditary phenomena, the book goes on to discuss continuum and discrete damage mechanics as well as delaminations and fatigue. The text also shows readers how to extend the capabilities of Abaqus via "user subroutines" and Python scripting.

    Aimed at advanced students and professional engineers, this textbook features 62 fully developed examples interspersed with the theory, 82 end-of-chapter exercises, and 50+ separate pieces of Abaqus pseudo-code that illustrate the solution of example problems. The author’s website offers the relevant Abaqus and MATLAB model files available for download, enabling readers to easily reproduce the examples and complete the exercises: https://barbero.cadec-online.com/feacm-abaqus/index.html. Video recording of solutions to examples are available on YouTube with multilingual captions.

    1. Mechanics of Orthotropic Materials. 2. Introduction to Finite Element Analysis. 3. Elasticity and Strength of Laminates. 4. Buckling. 5. Free Edge Stresses. 6. Computational Micromechanics. 7. Viscoelasticity. 8. Continuum Damage Mechanics. 9. Discrete Damage Mechanics. 10. Delaminations. 11. Fatigue. 12. Abaqus Programmable Features.


    Ever J. Barbero, BSME-BSEE UNRC (1983), Ph.D. Va. Tech (1989), Fellow of ASME and SAMPE, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University, Honorary Professor at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo (Peru), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), and Universidad de Puerto Rico at Mayaguez (PR). He is the author of "Introduction to Composite Materials Design-Third Edition" CRC (2018), "Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials Using Abaqus" CRC (2013), and "Finite Element Analysis of Composite Materials Using ANSYS-Second Ed." CRC (2014), "Multifunctional Composites" (2016), and Workbook for "Introduction to Composite Materials Design" (2018), as well as 9 book chapters and 165+ Journal publications. He holds US Patents #6,455,131 (2002) and #6,544,624 (2003) and has mentored over 30 MS and 20 Ph.D. graduates. He is Member of the editorial board of "Annals of Solid and Structural Mechanics" and "Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures". Recognized internationally for his work on material models for advanced materials such as Aerogels, Composites, Self-healing Composites, Superalloys, Thermoelectric materials, and Inflatable structures. Received the AE Alumni Academy Award for Outstanding Teaching and numerous research awards. H-index: 53. Citations: 12,000+. See: http://barbero.cadec-online.com/publications_list.pdf

    "In my opinion, the book is very well written; it is easy to follow and includes topics that students, engineers, and researchers from different fields can find very interesting and useful. The examples are very well detailed and provide valuable guidance on how to implement and understand theoretical solutions when translated into finite element models of composite materials and structures. Overall, this is a great book if the reader is looking for a comprehensive treatment of composite materials covering detailed theoretical background followed by implementation of the concepts into practical problems using a powerful modeling tool such as Abaqus."
    —Eduardo M. Sosa, West Virginia University

    "The book is essential for any academic in the area of solid mechanics. I use this book with my students, as the subject and the materials are very clear and finite element codes in the book help their work progress and make my guidance more productive. It has both theory and applications using the finite element method. This book is also essential for composite engineers as a quick reference of topics that can be of use in their field."
    —Gasser Abdelal, Queen’s University Belfast

    "I will definitely adopt this text for my course. … The use of Abaqus-based examples for the reinforcement of the theory and concepts allows students to learn how to apply the concepts using a popular finite element package that will provide each student with a marketable skill that is in demand by industry. The text has a good mix of finite element theory and composite material concepts that are reinforced through the example problems. The Abaqus examples are well organized and present the basic working knowledge in the use of Abaqus/CAE for the preprocessing, analysis in the solver, and the subsequent postprocessing."
    —James A. Sherwood, University of Massachusetts Lowell

    "This book by Prof. Barbero does an excellent job introducing the fundamentals of mechanics of composite materials and the finite element method in a concise way. Some of the most common problems that the practicing engineer has to face when designing with composites using finite element analysis are covered in detail. The later chapters in the book will be of great interest to the engineers and researchers interested in modeling the failure and post-failure behavior of composite structures.
    The structure of the book is easy to follow as every chapter starts with an introduction and then the theory and examples are thoroughly developed. Lastly, exercises are included at the end of each chapter. A very complete and useful list of references is used and cited throughout the book. The use of Abaqus is well documented with step-by-step instructions, screen shots showing the menus, and Python scripts.
    This book will be a valuable asset for any reader dealing with modeling of composite structures using the finite element method."
    —Joaquin Gutierrez, Blade Dynamics LLLP