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Elasto-Plastic Finite Element Modeling of Short Carbon Fiber Reinforced 3D Printed Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene Composites

  • Sunil BhandariEmail author
  • Roberto A. Lopez-Anido
  • Lu Wang
  • Douglas J. Gardner
ICME-Based Design and Optimization for Additive Manufacturing


This research extends the existing classical lamination theory based finite element (FE) models to predict elasto-plastic and bimodular behavior of 3D printed composites with orthotropic material properties. Short carbon fiber reinforced acrylonitrile butadiene styrene was selected as the 3D printing material. Material characterization of a 3D printed unidirectional laminate was carried out using mechanical tests. A bimodular material model was implemented using explicit FE analysis to predict the tension and bending behavior of a 3D printed laminate. The results of the FE model predictions were experimentally validated. Hill’s yield function was effective at predicting the elasto-plastic stress–strain behavior of the laminate in tension. In bending, bimodular material behavior along with Hill’s yield function worked reasonably well in predicting the elasto-plastic bending of the laminate. The material model proposed can be used to predict the mechanical behavior of 3D printed parts with complex geometry under complex loading and boundary conditions.



Funding for this research was provided by the Transportation Infrastructure Durability Center at the University of Maine under grant 69A3551847101 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers Program, the Harold W. Alfond Graduate Research Assistantship and the Malcolm G. Long ‘32 Professorship in Civil Engineering.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Advanced Structures and Composites CenterUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of MaineOronoUSA
  3. 3.School of Forest ResourcesUniversity of MaineOronoUSA

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