Formability mechanism of CFRP sheets using multiscale model based on microscopic characteristics of thermosetting resin

Tetsuo Oya, Akihiro Nishino

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This study was undertaken to attempt to establish the press-forming of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) sheets through a forming simulation. Since press-forming induces large plastic deformation of a material, a reliable simulation requires accurate modeling of the plastic deformation of resin. However, there has been little research on the deformation mechanism of thermosetting resins under large plastic forming, which is targeted in this study, and therefore no appropriate plastic deformation model of a resin has been established. Thus, a new model was constructed for a thermosetting resin on the basis of plastic deformation characteristics considering the microscopic mechanism. In the proposed model, the breakage of molecular chains of a thermosetting resin is considered. A molecular dynamics simulation of epoxy resin determined the effect of this molecular chain breakage. It was confirmed that the proposed model can appropriately represent the mechanical characteristics of an actual thermosetting resin. Furthermore, using this model, the numerical analysis of a CFRP sheet through its representative volume element was carried out, and the result explained the improved formability of CFRP at high temperatures, as observed in related experiments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-76
Number of pages12
JournalMultiscale and Multidisciplinary Modeling, Experiments and Design
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Mar


  • CFRP
  • Finite element analysis
  • Formability
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Sheet forming
  • Thermosetting resin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Applied Mathematics


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