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Author(s): P. P. Camanho
C. G. Dávila
S. T. Pinho
Title: Fracture analysis of composite co-cured structural joints using decohesion elements
Issue Date: 2004
Abstract: Delamination is one of the predominant forms of failure in laminated composite structures, especially when there is no reinforcement in the thickness direction. To develop composite structures that are more damage tolerant, it is necessary to understand how delamination develops, and how it can affect the residual performance. A number of factors such as residual thermal stresses, matrix-curing shrinkage and manufacturing defects affect how damage will grow in a composite structure. It is important to develop computationally efficient analysis methods that can account for all such factors. The objective of the current work is to apply a newly developed decohesion element to investigate the debond strength of skin-stiffener composite specimens. The process of initiation of delaminations and the propagation of delamination fronts is investigated. The numerical predictions are compared with published experimental results.
Subject: Engenharia mecânica
Mechanical engineering
Scientific areas: Ciências da engenharia e tecnologias::Engenharia mecânica
Engineering and technology::Mechanical engineering
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: restrictedAccess
Appears in Collections:FEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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