PNNL Technical Support to The Implementation of EMTA and EMTA-NLA Models in Autodesk® Moldflow® Packages

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Under the Predictive Engineering effort, PNNL developed linear and nonlinear property prediction models for long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs). These models were implemented in PNNL’s EMTA and EMTA-NLA codes. While EMTA is a standalone software for the computation of the composites thermoelastic properties, EMTA-NLA presents a series of nonlinear models implemented in ABAQUS® via user subroutines for structural analyses. In all these models, it is assumed that the fibers are linear elastic while the matrix material can exhibit a linear or typical nonlinear behavior depending on the loading prescribed to the composite. The key idea is to model the constitutive behavior of ... continued below

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Nguyen, Ba Nghiep & Wang, Jin December 1, 2012.

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Under the Predictive Engineering effort, PNNL developed linear and nonlinear property prediction models for long-fiber thermoplastics (LFTs). These models were implemented in PNNL’s EMTA and EMTA-NLA codes. While EMTA is a standalone software for the computation of the composites thermoelastic properties, EMTA-NLA presents a series of nonlinear models implemented in ABAQUS® via user subroutines for structural analyses. In all these models, it is assumed that the fibers are linear elastic while the matrix material can exhibit a linear or typical nonlinear behavior depending on the loading prescribed to the composite. The key idea is to model the constitutive behavior of the matrix material and then to use an Eshelby-Mori-Tanaka approach (EMTA) combined with numerical techniques for fiber length and orientation distributions to determine the behavior of the as-formed composite. The basic property prediction models of EMTA and EMTA-NLA have been subject for implementation in the Autodesk® Moldflow® software packages. These models are the elastic stiffness model accounting for fiber length and orientation distributions, the fiber/matrix interface debonding model, and the elastic-plastic models. The PNNL elastic-plastic models for LFTs describes the composite nonlinear stress-strain response up to failure by an elastic-plastic formulation associated with either a micromechanical criterion to predict failure or a continuum damage mechanics formulation coupling damage to plasticity. All the models account for fiber length and orientation distributions as well as fiber/matrix debonding that can occur at any stage of loading. In an effort to transfer the technologies developed under the Predictive Engineering project to the American automotive and plastics industries, PNNL has obtained the approval of the DOE Office of Vehicle Technologies to provide Autodesk, Inc. with the technical support for the implementation of the basic property prediction models of EMTA and EMTA-NLA in the Autodesk® Moldflow® packages. This report summarizes the recent results from Autodesk Simulation Moldlow Insight (ASMI) analyses using the EMTA models and EMTA-NLA/ABAQUS® analyses for further assessment of the EMTA-NLA models to support their implementation in Autodesk Moldflow Structural Alliance (AMSA). PNNL’s technical support to Autodesk, Inc. included (i) providing the theoretical property prediction models as described in published journal articles and reports, (ii) providing explanations of these models and computational procedure, (iii) providing the necessary LFT data for process simulations and property predictions, and (iv) performing ABAQUS/EMTA-NLA analyses to further assess and illustrate the models for selected LFT materials.

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  • Report No.: PNNL-22044
  • Grant Number: AC05-76RL01830
  • DOI: 10.2172/1060674 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1060674
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc828179

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Nguyen, Ba Nghiep & Wang, Jin. PNNL Technical Support to The Implementation of EMTA and EMTA-NLA Models in Autodesk® Moldflow® Packages, report, December 1, 2012; Richland, Washington. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc828179/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.