On the calculation of energy release rates for cracked laminates with residual stresses. (English) Zbl 1197.74119

Summary: Prior methods for calculating energy release rate in cracked laminates were extended to account for heterogeneous laminates and residual stresses. The method is to partition the crack tip stresses into local bending moments and normal forces. A general equation is then given for the total energy release rate in terms of the crack-tip moments and forces and the temperature difference experienced by the laminate. The analysis method is illustrated by several example test geometries. The examples were verified by comparison to numerical calculations. The residual stress term in the total energy release rate equation was found to be essentially exact in all example calculations.


74R10 Brittle fracture
74E30 Composite and mixture properties
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