Assessing delamination growth under cyclic loading

L. Molent, R. Jones, A. J. Kinloch

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To progress towards a slow-growth design basis for aircraft composite structures, the growth of typical damages must be predictable under service conditions. A review of limited experimental data available in the literature, mainly uniaxial coupon data, shows that the growth of delaminations or disbonds under cyclic loading is systematic and thus should be predictable. One such prediction was made here using a variant of the Hartman-Schijve equation. In the cases considered here, a simple metric namely delamination/debond length correlated to the number of cycles applied. Further investigations are required, particularly of representative aircraft structures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Conference on Composite Materials, ICCM 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Composite Materials 2019 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 201916 Aug 2019
Conference number: 22nd (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Composite Materials 2019
Abbreviated titleICCM 2019
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  • Crack growth prediction
  • Delamination growth data
  • Hartman-Schijve variant

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