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Strength prediction of notched thin ply laminates using finite fracture mechanics and the phase field approach

Reinoso, José and Arterio, A. and Paggi, Marco and Camanho, P.P. Strength prediction of notched thin ply laminates using finite fracture mechanics and the phase field approach. Composites Science and Technology, 150. pp. 205-216. ISSN 0266-3538 (2017)

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Thin ply laminates are a new class of composite materials with great potential for application in the design of thinner and highly optimized components, resulting in potential weight savings and improved mechanical performance. These new composites can stir the development of lighter structures, overcoming current design limitations as well as notably reducing the onset and development of matrix cracking and delamination events. This paper presents the application of two recent modeling methods for the failure analysis and strength prediction of open-hole thin ply laminates under tensile loading, which exhibit a brittle response upon failure: (i) the analytical coupled energy-stress Finite Fracture Mechanics (FFMs) technique, and (ii) the FE-based Phase Field (PF) approach for fracture that is incorporated into an enhanced assumed solid shell element. The predictions obtained using both strategies are compared with experimental data. These correlations exhibit a very satisfactory level of agreement, proving the robustness and reliability of both methods under consideration.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2017.07.020
Projects: ERC Starting Grant CA2PVM (GA 306622)
Funders: European Research Council
Uncontrolled Keywords: Composite materials; FE-modeling; Damage modeling; Shells; Fracture mechanics
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Research Area: Computer Science and Applications
Depositing User: Prof Marco Paggi
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 07:55
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2017 07:55
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3800

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