Studies on the impact and compression-after-impact response of ‘Double-Double’ carbon-fibre reinforced composite laminates

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Abstract

This chapter presents comparative high fidelity computational finite element (FE) modelling of low-velocity impact (LVI) damage and compression-after-impact (CAI) strength of both ‘Legacy Quad Laminates’ (LQL) and ‘Double-Double’ DD laminates, using a validated FE modelling approach. An in-house intralaminar damage model, capturing both fibre-dominated and matrix-dominated damage, along with an available interlaminar cohesive model are used within an explicit dynamic formulation. LQL results are validated using available experimental data before modelling the corresponding DD laminates. Results show that DD laminates are effective replacements for UD or hybrid woven/UD LQL under both LVI and CAI loading conditions. It is shown that matrix and delamination damage may be reduced with DDs. Potential weight savings can be achieved with the use of DD laminates as well as simplifying manufacturing processes. In all the cases presented herein, CAI residual strength increased with the use of a DD laminate over a traditional LQL.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDouble-double: simplifying the design and manufacture of composite laminates
EditorsStephen W. Tsai, Brian G. Falzon, Ali Aravand
PublisherStanford University Press
Chapter6
Pages161-180
Edition2
ISBN (Electronic)97780981914350
ISBN (Print)9780981914343
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2023

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