Analysis of Local Delaminations and Their Influence on Composite Laminate Behavior.
ARMY RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY LABS HAMPTON VA STRUCTURES LAB
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An equation was derived for the strain energy release rate, G, assoicated with local delamination growth from a matrix ply crack. The critical G sub C edge delamination onset in OR - 25902s graphite epoxy laminates was measured and used in this equation to predict local delamination onset strains in OR - 2590Ns, n 4, 6, b laminates. A simple technique for predicting strain concentrations in the primary load bearing plies near local delaminations was developed. These strain concentrations were responsible for reduced laminate nominal failure strains in laminates containing local delaminates. The influence of edge delamination and matrix crack tip delmaination on laminate stiffness and strength was compared.
- Laminates and Composite Materials