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What material model should I use to preform nonlinear analysis of carbon fiber surface-to-surface contact?

Question asked by Tyler Chapman on Jun 12, 2015
Latest reply on Jun 12, 2015 by Bill McEachern

I am trying to model a set of nested carbon fiber half tubes that fold open into a ridged pole (utilizing the spring-like nature of the carbon fiber) with a nonlinear surface-to-surface study. The Solidworks materials library for carbon fiber is inadequate, so I am trying to create an accurate custom material but I am unsure what model type I should use. Due to carbon fiber being a composite material, I believe that the linear orthotropic model would be most appropriate, but again I'm unsure.


Any and all help is greatly appreciated.