Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Fatigue response of composite materials has been extensively studied from many different viewpoints and under many different conditions. The same statement can be made for the response of notched composite materials under quasi-static loading. However, one area which has been studied less extensively and is presently incompletely understood is the response of composite laminates with notches embedded in the interior plies. In the present case, investigations of such response were undertaken for two laminate types. Embedded notches were oriented either transverse or parallel (longitudinal) to the loading axis. Unnotched laminates were also considered.
Paper ID: CTR10858J