A Numerical Assessment of the Influence of Local Stress Ratio in the Fatigue Analysis of Post-Buckled Composite Single-Stringer Specimen

A. Raimondo, C. Bisagni

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Abstract

This paper presents a numerical approach for investigating fatigue delamination propagation in composite stiffened panels loaded in compression in the post-buckling field. These components are widely utilized in aerospace structures due to their lightweight and high-strength properties. However, fatigue-induced damage, particularly delamination at the skin–stringer interface, poses a significant challenge. The proposed numerical approach, called the “Min–Max Load Approach”, allows for the calculation of the local stress ratio in a single finite element analysis. It represents the ratio between the minimum and maximum values of the stress along the delamination front, enabling accurate evaluation of the crack growth rate. The methodology is applied here in conjunction with the cohesive zone model technique to evaluate the post-buckling fatigue behavior of a composite single-stringer specimen with an initial delamination. Comparisons with experimental data validate the predictive capabilities of the proposed approach.
Original languageEnglish
Article number143
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Composites Science
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Keywords

  • fatigue
  • crack propagation
  • finite element analysis
  • post-buckling; min–max load approach

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