Prediction methodology for fatigue crack growth behaviour in Fibre Metal Laminates subjected to tension and pin loading

Wandong Wang, Calvin Rans, Zhinan Zhang, Rinze Benedictus

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Abstract

Fibre Metal Laminates (FMLs) are a hybrid metal-composite laminate technology known for their superior resistance to fatigue crack growth compared to monolithic metals. This crack growth behaviour has been the subject of many studies, resulting in numerous empirical and analytical models to describe the complex damage growth phenomenon in the material. This study builds upon the analytical Alderliesten crack growth prediction methodology for FMLs, extending it from a tension loaded plate to a case of a combined tension-pin loaded plate. This new loading case is a more representative case to utilise for predicting fatigue crack growth behaviour in mechanically fastened joints. Development of the model extension and validation through experimental testing are detailed within this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-182
Number of pages7
JournalComposite Structures
Volume182
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Crack growth behaviour
  • Fibre Metal Laminates
  • Pin loading

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