Validation of a 3D damage model for predicting the response of composite structures under crushing loads

Louis N. Sum. Chiu, Brian G. Falzon, Bernard Chen, Wenyi Yan

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A 3D intralaminar continuum damage mechanics based material model, combining damage mode interaction and material nonlinearity, was developed to predict the damage response of composite structures undergoing crush loading. This model captures the structural response without the need for calibration of experimentally determined material parameters. When used in the design of energy absorbing composite structures, it can reduce the dependence on physical testing. This paper validates this model against experimental data obtained from the literature and in-house testing. Results show that the model can predict the force response of the crushed composite structures with good accuracy. The simulated energy absorption in each test case was within 12% of the experimental value. Post-crush deformation and the damage morphologies, such as ply splitting, splaying and breakage, were also accurately reproduced. This study establishes the capability of this damage model for predicting the responses of composite structures under crushing loads.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Damage mechanics
  • Finite element analysis
  • Crushing response
  • Energy absorption

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