Volume 13, Issue 2 (June 1991)

    Multiple Transverse Cracking and Stiffness Reduction in Cross-Ply Laminates

    CODEN: CTROAD

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    Abstract

    The stiffness reduction as a result of multiple transverse cracking in cross-ply laminates and the crack density dependence on the applied tensile stress are analyzed by linear elastic fracture mechanics. The stress field distribution is obtained by the principle of minimum complementary energy. Two models are suggested which describe the non-uniform stress distribution in the thickness direction of the 0° layer. They contain the variational approach presented by Hashin as a particular case. Elastic ply properties and the Mode I critical strain energy release rate GIc for transverse cracking are the experimental data needed. Model predictions are compared with experimental data for glass fiber/epoxy, AS4/3502, and AS/3501-06 carbon fiber/epoxy cross-ply laminates. The predictions from the suggested models describe both the constraint effect and the crack saturation phenomenon.


    Author Information:

    Varna, J
    Visiting scientist from Latvia State University, Riga, Latvia, USSR and assistant professor, Linköping University, Linköping,

    Berglund, L
    Visiting scientist from Latvia State University, Riga, Latvia, USSR and assistant professor, Linköping University, Linköping,


    Stock #: CTR10213J

    ISSN: 0884-6804

    DOI: 10.1520/CTR10213J

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    Title Multiple Transverse Cracking and Stiffness Reduction in Cross-Ply Laminates
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    Committee D30