Fiber-reinforced composite materials are widely used in many different industries due to their superior properties with respect to traditional metals including their light weight, corrosion resistance, high strength, impact resistance, etc. Fiber-reinforced composite materials are composed of a strong fiber material, which mainly carries the applied load, and soft matrix material, which transfers the load to the fiber material and keep the fibers together. Macroscopic analysis of fiber-reinforced composite materials is done by utilising the homogenised material properties which mainly depends on individual material properties of fiber and matrix. In this study, in addition to the effect of individual material properties of constituents, the effect of the shape of fibers (inclusions) on homogenised properties is investigated by using a new methodology called peridynamics.
- composite materials