Understanding delamination behaviour in a circular laminate

C. Partridge, R. T. Waechter, J. F. Williams, R. Jones

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Composite materials are prone to a wide range of defects and damage which may significantly reduce their residual strength. Of the various types of defects possible, interply delaminations arising from in-service damage are probably the most insiduous because of their effects on residual compressive strength and difficulties associated with their detection. In this study, a finite element analysis of the self similar growth of a circular delamination in a compressed laminate is undertaken, and the results are compared with an analytical solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1990
Externally publishedYes

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