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Prediction of crack onset strain in composite laminates at mixed mode cracking
University of Latvia.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Material Science.
2009 (English)In: 5th International EEIGM/AMASE/FORGEMAT Conference on Advanced Materials Research, Bristol: IOP Publishing Ltd , 2009, Vol. 5Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Failure process of continuous fiber reinforced composite laminates in tension usually starts with appearance of intralaminar cracks. In composite laminates with complex lay-ups and/or under combined loading, intralaminar cracks may develop in plies with different reinforcement directions. A necessary part of mixed mode cracking models is the criterion of failure. For propagation-controlled fracture it is usually formulated in terms of energy release rates and their critical values of the particular composite material. Intralaminar fracture toughness of unidirectionally reinforced glass/epoxy composite was experimentally determined at several mode I and mode II ratios. It is found that the crack propagation criterion, linear in terms of the energy release rates, reasonably well approximates the test results. The determined mixed mode cracking criterion was applied to predict intralaminar crack onset in cross-ply glass/epoxy composite under tensile loading. The predicted crack onset strain values agree with test results at small off-axes angles of the cracking ply (on-axis and 15° off-axis loading), but underestimate crack onset at larger reinforcement angles with respect to the loading direction. The discrepancy is likely to be caused by the deviation of linearity in laminate response before cracking onset in these laminates, related to non-linear shear characteristics of unidirectional plies. The applicability of strength-based fracture criterion for initiation-controlled cracking is discussed.

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Bristol: IOP Publishing Ltd , 2009. Vol. 5
, I O P Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, ISSN 1757-8981 ; 5
Keyword [en]
Technology - Chemical engineering
Keyword [sv]
Teknikvetenskap - Kemiteknik
Research subject
Polymeric Composite Materials
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39837DOI: 10.1088/1757-899X/5/1/012018Local ID: ebb1be60-ae73-11de-8293-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1013356
EEIGM/AMASE/FORGEMAT conference on Advanced Materials Research : 04/11/2009 - 05/11/2009
Validerad; 2009; 20091001 (ysko)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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