American Society for Composites 7th Technical Conference and Composite Materials, University Park, PA, pp. 519-528, October 13-15, 1992

Orthotropic Electrical Permittivity and Thermal Conductivity of Woven-Fabric Composites

R. Agarwal
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


The effective electrical permittivity and thermal conductivity is investigated.  A two-scale asymptotic homogenization scheme is used to formulate electrostatic and steady state thermal boundary value problems (BVPís) at the micro-scale for each effective orthotropic property. The BVPís are solved analytically, using three dimensional series parallel nets and numerically, using finite element methods.  Effective properties are determined as functions of the constituent material properties, fiber volume fraction and the geometric parameters of the reinforcement fabric.  The dielectric constant is determined analogous to thermal conductivity, by neglecting the contribution from the constituent materials?loss tangents which are order(s) of magnitude lower than the respective dielectric constants.  The effective loss tangent is obtained analogous to mechanical viscoelastic problems as a linear combination of the constituent loss tangents.  The predicted effective properties are compared with experimentally obtained values for E-glass/epoxy laminates and with predictions from other available models in the literature.

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