Energy method for the calculation of the energy release rate of delamination in composite beams

Weiling Zheng, Christos Kassapoglou

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Abstract

An energy method based on beam theory is proposed to determine the strain energy release rate of an existing crack in composite laminates. The developed analytical method was implemented in isotropic materials, and the obtained strain energy release rate of a crack was validated by reference results and finite element solutions. The general behavior of crack growth on the left or right crack tip was evaluated, and basic trends leading to crack propagation to one side of the crack were established. A correction factor was introduced to improve the accuracy of the strain energy release rate for small cracks. The singularity at the crack tip caused by dissimilar materials was investigated and was found that the inclusion of the singularity effect could increase the accuracy for small cracks. The calculated strain energy release rate of a crack in a composite beam has been verified by comparing with a finite element model.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Composite Materials
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018

Keywords

  • composite beam
  • delamination
  • energy release rate
  • Laminate

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