Prediction of delamination growth in laminated structures

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An engineering methodology is proposed for the prediction of delamination growth in laminated composite structure. This methodology builds on previous successes while addressing some deficiencies in current approaches; primarily, the proposed methodology describes a means through which computational and experimental requirements may be reduced. As its major components, the methodology includes a procedure for eliminating the (analytically predicted) oscillatory nature of the stress singularity between plies at dissimilar orientations, a computationally efficient crack tip element analysis for determining mixed-mode energy release rates, and experimental assessment of 'minimum' toughness curves, at a given mode ratio, as a function of relative interfacial ply orientation and the number of loading cycles. The utility of the methodology is demonstrated through two examples: one monotonic and one fatigue loaded application. In both cases, good correlation between experimental results and theoretical predictions are obtained. A number of currently unresolved issues are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-65
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Applied Mechanics Division, AMD
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 1994 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - Chicago, IL, USA
Duration: Nov 6 1994Nov 11 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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