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Initiation and Propagation of Transverse Cracking in Composite Laminates

Ye, J., Lam, D. and Zhang, D. (2010) Initiation and Propagation of Transverse Cracking in Composite Laminates. Computational Materials Science, 47 (4). 1031-1039 . ISSN 0927-0256


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The matrix cracking transverse to loading direction is usually the one of most common observations of damages in composite laminates. The initiation and propagation of transverse cracks have been a longstanding issue in the last few decades. In this paper, a three-dimensional stress analysis method based on the state space approach is used to compute the stresses, including the inter-laminar stresses near transverse cracks in laminated composites. The stress field is then used to estimate the energy release rate, from which the initiation and propagation of transverse cracking are predicted. The proposed method is illustrated by numerical solutions and is validated by available experimental results. To the best knowledge of the authors, the predictions of crack behaviour for non-symmetrical laminates and laminates subject to in-plane shearing are presented for the first time in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Accepted for publication in Computational Materials Science. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds) > Institute for Resilient Infrastructure (Leeds)
Depositing User: Miss Elizabeth Winning
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2009 17:52
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2014 20:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.commatsci.2009.12.003
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2009.12.003
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10246

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