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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 648527, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/648527
Research Article

An Experimental Simulation to Validate FEM to Predict Transverse Young’s Modulus of FRP Composites

1Mechanical Engineering Department, DVR & Dr. HS MIC College of Technology, Kanchikacherla, India
2Mechanical Engineering Department, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, India
3Mechanical Engineering Department, V. R. Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada, India
4Mechanical Engineering Department, K L University, Vijayawada, India

Received 29 May 2013; Accepted 23 September 2013

Academic Editor: Steven Suib

Copyright © 2013 V. S. Sai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Finite element method finds application in the analysis of FRP composites due to its versatility in getting the solution for complex cases which are not possible by exact classical analytical approaches. The finite element result is questionable unless it is obtained from converged mesh and properly validated. In the present work specimens are prepared with metallic materials so that the arrangement of fibers is close to hexagonal packing in a matrix as similar arrangement in case of FRP is complex due to the size of fibers. Transverse Young’s moduli of these specimens are determined experimentally. Equivalent FE models are designed and corresponding transverse Young’s moduli are compared with the experimental results. It is observed that the FE values are in good agreement with the experimental results, thus validating FEM for predicting transverse modulus of FRP composites.