Characterization of Fiber Bridging in Mode II Fracture Growth of Laminated Composite Materials


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The present study involves an experimental and analytical investigation of the Mode II delamination propagation and the fibre bridging effects incorporated in the Fracture Process Zone (FPZ). End Notch Flexure (ENF) specimens from a unidirectional glass/epoxy composite material have been fabricated and tested. In order to construct the fracture resistance curve (R-curve) of the ENF tests, three different data reduction schemes have been utilized. The fibre bridging effects in the FPZ have been addressed with the use of traction-separation laws, as extracted from the corresponding calculated R-curves. These laws can be used to describe the constitutive relationship in interface finite elements, for the numerical modelling of delamination growth in laminated composite structures.



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R.A.W. Mines and J.M. Dulieu-Barton




K.N. Anyfantis and N.G. Tsouvalis, "Characterization of Fiber Bridging in Mode II Fracture Growth of Laminated Composite Materials", Applied Mechanics and Materials, Vols. 24-25, pp. 245-250, 2010

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June 2010


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