Progressive damage and failure modeling in notched laminated fiber reinforced composites.

*(English)*Zbl 1400.74103Summary: A novel progressive damage and failure model for fiber reinforced laminated composites is presented in this work. The model uses the thermodynamically based Schapery Theory (ST) to model progressive microdamage in the matrix phase. Matrix failure is not governed with a matrix failure criterion, but rather matrix failure occurs naturally through the evolution of microdamage. A maximum strain criterion is used to dictate tensile failure in the fiber direction, while compressive failure is automatically accounted for by allowing local fiber rotations and tracking the evolution of rotation. The results of this model are compared to a previously developed model that used ST at the lamina level to calculate matrix microdamage, but used the Generalized Method of Cells to resolve the lamina level strains into constituent level stresses and strains and determines constituent failure by evaluating failure criteria at the micro, fiber/matrix level. Results for global load versus displacement and local strain from both models are compared to experimental data for notched laminates loaded in uniaxial tension. The results show remarkable agreement qualitatively, and in many cases the quantitative agreement is good. Accurate damage contours and failure paths are predicted.

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\textit{E. J. Pineda} et al., Int. J. Fract. 158, No. 2, 125--143 (2009; Zbl 1400.74103)

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