Numerical analysis of complex failure mechanisms in composite panels

Paola Apruzzese, Brian G. Falzon

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A three-dimensional continuum damage mechanics-based material model has been implemented in an implicit Finite Element code to simulate the progressive degradation of advanced composite materials. The damage model uses seven damage variables assigned to tensile, compressive and non-linear shear damage at a laminae level. The objectivity of the numerical discretization is assured using a smeared formulation. The material model was benchmarked against experimental uniaxial coupon tests and it is shown to reproduce key aspects observable during failure, such as the inclined fracture plane in matrix compression and the shear band in a ±45° tension specimen.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The Sixteenth International Conference on Composite Materials, July 8-13, 2007: Kyoto, Japan
EditorsKazuro Kageyama, Takashi Ishikawa, et al
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2007
Event16th International Conference on Composite Materials - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 08 Jul 200713 Jul 2007


Conference16th International Conference on Composite Materials

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