Automatic Insertion of Cohesive Elements for Delamination

I. Guiamatsia, Brian G. Falzon, G. A. O. Davies

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Composite damage modelling with cohesive elements has initially been limited to the analysis of interface damage or delamination. However, their use is also being extended to the analysis of inplane tensile failure arising from matrix or fibre fracture. These interface elements are typically placed at locations where failure is likely to occur, which infers a certain a priori knowledge of the crack propagation path(s). In the case of a crack jump for example, the location of the jump is usually not obvious, and the simulation would require the placement of cohesive elements at all element faces. A better option, presented here, is to determine the potential location of cohesive elements and insert them during the analysis. The aim of this work is to enable the determination of the crack path, as part of the solution process. A subroutine has been developed and implemented in the commercial finite element package ABAQUS/Standard[1] in order to automatically insert cohesive elements within a pristine model, on the basis of the analysis of the current stress field. Results for the prediction of delamination are presented in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalKey Engineering Materials
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Ceramics and Composites


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