A Synergistic Damage Mechanics Approach to Durability of Composite Structures
Final progress rept. 1 Jun 1997-31 May 2001
GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OFAEROSPACE ENGINEERING
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This final progress report summarizes the accomplishments of the three tasks conducted during the contract period. Task I dealt with mechanisms of damage under static and fatigue loading of composite laminates and laid the physical basis for the modeling efforts that followed in Task 2 and Task 3. Task 2 focused on the formulation of stiffness-damage relationships and provided a procedure for assessment of material coefficients experimentally as well as by computational simulation. Finally, Task 3 treated evolution of damage. A model was developed that predicted the increase of transverse crack density with cycles of a constant amplitude. The overall outcome of the project was a methodology for durability assessment of composite materials, in accordance with the goals and objectives set in the proposal.
- Laminates and Composite Materials