A continuum damage model to simulate failure in composite plates under uniaxial compression

D. Tumino*, F. Cappello, G. Catalanotti

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Experimental investigations and numerical simulations are performed in order to numerically predict the buckling behaviour of thin composite laminated specimens. Experiments are aimed at two objectives: the first is to completely characterize the carbon/epoxy material under simple loading configurations, the second is to test this material in buckling and post-buckling situations. The data collected with the first campaign of experiments are used to obtain the strength parameters required to define a damage model based on the failure theory by Tsai-Wu. This model is implemented in a Finite Element (FE) code and numerical simulations of buckling are executed for unidirectional and cross-ply laminates; results are in good agreement with experiments both in terms of determination of the critical loads and prediction of failure during post-buckling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournaleXPRESS Polymer Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Mechanical properties
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Polymer composites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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