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Journal of Engineering
Volume 2013, Article ID 470241, 10 pages
Research Article

Numerical Investigation of Corrugated Wire Mesh Laminate

1Light Metal Division, Materials Deformation Department, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon 642-831, Republic of Korea
2School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia

Received 4 October 2012; Accepted 11 January 2013

Academic Editor: İlker B. Topçu

Copyright © 2013 Jeongho Choi 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.


The aim of this work is to develop a numerical model of Corrugated Wire Mesh Laminate (CWML) capturing all its complexities such as nonlinear material properties, nonlinear geometry and large deformation behaviour, and frictional behaviour. Development of such a model will facilitate numerical simulation of the mechanical behaviour of the wire mesh structure under various types of loading as well as the variation of the CWML configuration parameters to tailor its mechanical properties to suit the intended application. Starting with a single strand truss model consisting of four waves with a bilinear stress-strain model to represent the plastic behaviour of stainless steel, the finite element model is gradually built up to study single-layer structures with 18 strands of corrugated wire meshes consistency and double- and quadruple-layered laminates with alternating crossply orientations. The compressive behaviour of the CWML model is simulated using contact elements to model friction and is compared to the load-deflection behaviour determined experimentally in uniaxial compression tests. The numerical model of the CWML is then employed to conduct the aim of establishing the upper and lower bounds of stiffness and load capacity achievable by such structures.