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Title: Mode II interlaminar fracture of carbon/epoxy multidirectional laminates
Author: Pereira, A.B.
Morais, A.B. de
Marques, A.T.
Castro, P.T. de
Keywords: Polymer-matrix composites
Fracture toughness
Finite Element Analysis
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Elsevier
Abstract: This paper reports an experimental study on the mode II interlaminar fracture of carbon/epoxy multidirectional laminates. A 3D finite element analysis was first performed to define appropriate stacking sequences for end-notched flexure (ENF) specimens with starter delaminations on theta/-theta and 0degrees/theta interfaces. The analysis concerned the shape of widthwise distributions of the mode 11 strain energy release rate, G(II), the level of mode-mixity, the effect of residual stresses on G(II) and the applicability of data reduction schemes. The experimental G(IIc) values increased with the ply angle 0 for both theta/-theta and 0'/theta specimens. These trends were found to be in agreement with an average interlaminar stress fracture criterion. However, this criterion proved to be of limited practical usefulness, as its predictions were dependent on a characteristic length. Therefore, G(IIc) measurements on multidirectional specimens remain essential for the application of accurate fracture mechanics based design criteria.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2003.12.001
ISSN: 0266-3538
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