Finite Element Modelling for Fracture of Multilayer Fibrous Networks

  • S. M Chung Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Koh Ching Theng Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Keywords: Fibrous networks, multilayer, fracture


Tissue engineering involves three-dimensional scaffolds to support cell culture activities and provide mechanical support. One of the potential scaffolds used in tissue engineering is an electrospun scaffold consisting fibres ranging from nano- to micrometer scales deposited on layer stack. The finite element models have been used to study the in-plane deformation of two-dimensional single layer fibrous networks and without considers out-of-plane deformation. While the existing study focuses on two-dimensional study, the out-of-plane deformation of layer structured of electrospun scaffolds through the scaffolds thickness has not been studied. In this study, three-dimensional finite element model was constructed to investigate the fracture of multilayer fibrous networks. The three-dimensional results were compared with the fracture on two-dimensional single layer fibrous network. The result shows that these two models had identical fracture behaviour and similar deformation at the crack-tip region, where the fibres are rearranged and reoriented with similar stress distribution. The work here concludes that two-dimensional single layer fibrous network model is a simple yet effective model for the study of homogeneous fibrous networks.


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Chung, S. M., & Theng, K. C. (2020). Finite Element Modelling for Fracture of Multilayer Fibrous Networks. International Journal of Integrated Engineering, 12(8), 117-122. Retrieved from