Stress intensity factors and energy release rates of delaminations in composite laminates

Hwu Chyanbin, Jian S. Hu

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Abstract

Due to the oscillatory characteristics of stresses near interface crack tips, the stress intensity factor Ki, i = I, II, III, should be modified and the energy release rate Gi, i = 1, 2, 3, of each fracture mode calculated by the virtual crack closure method may not exist. Based upon a near-tip solution for interface cracks between dissimilar anisotropic media, a proper definition for the stress intensity factors and energy release rates for general anisotropic bimaterial interface cracks is provided in this paper, which is applicable for the delaminated composites. Moreover, this definition can be reduced to the classical definition for a crack tip in homogeneous media when the two materials become the same. A simple quadratic relation between Ki and Gi is derived, which is further reduced explicitly for orthotropic bimaterials. The influence of fiber orientation and the coupling among opening, shearing and tearing mode fracture are studied numerically. The results show that the classical stress intensity factors and energy release rates are still the dominant stress intensity and energy release rate of the mixed mode condition induced by the interface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-988
Number of pages12
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Volume42
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Aug

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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