Interfacial fatigue debonding retardation in wrapped composite joints: Experimental and numerical study

Weikang Feng, Marko Pavlovic*, Mathieu Koetsier, Milan Veljkovic

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Debonding crack propagation at the composite-to-steel interface has been found to be an important failure mechanism for wrapped composite joints under static and fatigue loads. Friction at the interface behind the crack tip may deviate fatigue debonding of the joints from the linear-fracture-mechanics behaviour. This paper presents static and fatigue tests of axial wrapped composite joints. 3D DIC and optical fiber system is employed to monitor displacements and crack propagation. A finite element model is established and validated against static and fatigue test results, where friction is considered at the cracked interface. Through FE modelling, it is proved that the friction at the interface significantly reduce the strain energy release rate (SERR) at the crack tip, leading to retardations of crack growth and stiffness degradation. Parametric study is conducted finally to investigate the influence of friction coefficient, failure modes as well as Paris relationship parameters on the predicted fatigue behaviour of wrapped composite joints.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117146
Number of pages17
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • 3D DIC
  • Fatigue crack propagation
  • Finite element modelling
  • Friction effect
  • Optical fiber
  • VCCT

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