Computational Approach Toward Advanced Composite Material Qualification and Structural Certification

  • Frank Abdi
  • J. Surdenas
  • Nasir Munir
  • Jerry Housner
  • Raju Keshavanarayana


The objective of this chapter is to perform accurate simulation of physical tests using multi-scale progressive failure analysis (PFA) and to simulate the scatter in the physical test results by using probabilistic analysis. The multi-scale analysis is based on a hierarchical analysis, where a combination of macro-mechanics and micro-mechanics is used to analyze material and structures in great detail. To calculate the correct micro-mechanical constituent properties for the multi-scale analysis, a three-step process is used: (1) calibration step, (2) verification step, and (3) probabilistic analysis step. The discussion in this chapter will focus mainly on the use of FAA composite material certification requirements and estimation of mechanical and fracture properties of composites; A-basis and B-basis allowable properties generation that are recognized as statistical in nature; and categories of damage tracking for composite structure under service.


Failure Load Residual Strength Coupon Test Federal Aviation Administration Virtual Testing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Abdi
    • 1
  • J. Surdenas
    • 1
  • Nasir Munir
    • 2
  • Jerry Housner
    • 3
  • Raju Keshavanarayana
    • 4
  1. 1.Alpha STAR CorporationLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.North Grumman CorporationEl SegundoUSA
  3. 3.Analytical EnterprisesArlingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Aerospace Engineering/NationalInstitute for Aviation Research (NIAR), Wichita State UniversityWichitaUSA

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