A finite element method (FEM) study of the actuation and sensing performance of actuated fibre composites (AFC) is presented. The effect of non-continuous fibres on the AFC performance was analyzed for actuation and sensing applications. The results of the FEM analysis of AFC with non-continuous fibres are compared to experimental results obtained in specimens with fibres damaged by large deformation. A study of the change in the polarization state in the fibre, resulting from the formation of a gap, was performed and its results were incorporated into the FEM. The correlation between the available experimental data and simulation results is discussed.

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Keywords Actuated fibre composites, AFCs, Piezoelectric fibres, PZTs, Sensors, Smart rotor
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.2495/HPSM06011
Conference 3rd International Conference on High Performance Structures and Materials 2006, HPSM06
Martinez, M, Artemev, A, Nitzsche, F, & Geddes, B. (B.). (2006). Finite element modeling of actuated fibre composites. In WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (pp. 103–110). doi:10.2495/HPSM06011